(Los Angeles – March 4, 2017) – With the election just a few days away, Supervisor Hilda Solis led a rally earlier this week in East Los Angeles with local leaders and community service organizations to urge voters to vote Yes on Measure H on Tuesday, March 7.
Attendees with Supervisor Solis included: Al Ballesteros, CEO, JWCH Institute; Robert Muñoz, The Whole Child; Alex Martin Chavez, CEO, Parking Company of America; Eddie De La Riva, Maywood Councilmember; and an East Los Angeles College student.
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 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, there are more than 3,400 people experiencing homelessness in East L.A. and nearly half of them are Latino. Additionally, Latinos make up 27% of all homeless individuals, and 35% of all homeless youth, in L.A. County.
“On Tuesday we have the opportunity to help eradicate homelessness in the county of Los Angeles. It is really important for people in East LA to understand that there are some real numbers here. 3,400 people here are homeless – and that number could be much higher. We must take up the banner to help these individuals. We must vote yes on Measure H,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis.
“In small cities like Maywood, we don’t have the resources to handle the homelessness crisis. We rely on help from the county, which is why we need Measure H,” said Maywood City Council Member Eddie De La Riva.
“I was lucky enough to find ELAC, where they love and support their students. When I can’t shower, I can shower on campus. When I don’t have shampoo, they provide me a hygiene kit. They’ve even hired me as a student worker so I can afford a place to live. I’m scared, but I am glad to know that people are here that care and want to make a difference,” said Jaci Cortez, ELAC student and former foster youth.
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