(Los Angeles – March 3, 2017) – Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu and LACCD Trustee Mike Eng joined representatives from Special Service for Groups, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Pilipino Workers Center and Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) earlier this week at Special Service for Groups in Los Angeles to rally in support of Yes on Measure H. This important March 7 ballot measure that tackles the growing homelessness challenges in Los Angeles County, especially among our Seniors.
Ryu and Eng were joined by: Betty Hung, Policy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles; Michael Sarmiento, Board Chair, Pilipino Workers Center; Mark Masaoka, Policy Director, A3PCON; and Special Service for Groups consumers.
Measure H will help people across L.A. County, including women and children, seniors, and those with mental illness, get the help they need, break the cycle of poverty, and stay in their homes. 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.
Many believe Asian Pacific Islanders are not affected by homelessness, but attending service providers commented this is far from true. The Asian American 50-plus population grew 56% from 2000 – 2010 and the high cost of housing makes this population especially vulnerable to homelessness. Additionally:
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 57% of Korean Americans over the age of 65 are classified as “low income” and 24% fall below the poverty line.
- 44% of Chinese Americans over the age of 65 are classified as “low income’ and 19% fall below the poverty line.
- 43% of Vietnamese Americans over the age of 65 are classified as “low income” and 15% fall below the poverty line.
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