Alliance of San Fernando Valley Business Leaders and Homeless Services Organizations Rallied to Inform Voters on Critical March 7 Homelessness Ballot Measure
(Los Angeles – February 27, 2017) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, together with a robust coalition of San Fernando Valley business leaders, veterans and homeless services organizations, joined together last week to educate voters about Measure H, the critical March 7 vote to tackle the growing homelessness challenges in Los Angeles County. The rally was the first public event to take place at the new Crest Apartments for the Skid Row Housing Trust, an existing open site in suburban Los Angeles that was transformed into a 64-apartment complex to support formerly homeless veterans.
The following joined Mayor Garcetti at the rally: Wendy Greuel, chair, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA); Mike Alvidrez, president and chief executive officer, Skid Row Housing Trust; Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, president and chief executive officer, L.A. Family Housing; and “Dooner,” assistant executive director, Art Directors Guild, IATSE LOCAL 800.
Measure H will help people across L.A. County, including women and children, veterans, and those with mental illness, get the help they need and break the cycle of poverty. It will end homelessness for 45,000 families and individuals within 5 years and prevent homelessness for 30,000 families and individuals over the same period. Measure H is a dedicated revenue source that can only be spent on ending and preventing homelessness in L.A. County over the next 10 years.
According to the January 2016 Homeless Count, the homeless population grew to 7,335 in the San Fernando Valley, an increase of 35 percent.
During the rally, Mayor Garcetti shared several postcards he was asked by Skid Row Housing Trust to write to voters in support of Measure H. “We are not here to manage homelessness. We are here to end homelessness,” said Mayor Garcetti.
“On March 7 we can choose to take care of our most vulnerable, or we can give into fear,” said Mike Alvidrez, president and chief executive officer, Skid Row Housing Trust.