(Los Angeles – March 2, 2017) – With less than a week to go until the March 7 election, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined a group of local and national leaders – including special guest Magic Johnson – to urge voters to mail in their ballots or make a plan to vote on Tuesday. The event, held at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, highlighted the strong support that exists for Measure H in South L.A., across the region and the state.
Joining Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Magic Johnson were: Tom Steyer, founder, NextGen CA; Jacqueline Waggoner, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commissioner; Rosemarie Molina, Community Coalition; Veronica Lewis, director, South L.A. homeless service provider, HOPICS; Carl Henley, president & general counsel, Los Angeles NAACP; Pastor Xavier L. Thompson, Southern Missionary Baptist Church; William Hayes, L.A. Rams defensive end; and Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., West Angeles Church of God in Christ.
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’s 2016 Homeless Count, there are an estimated 47,000 people who are homeless in L.A. County on any given night, an increase of 5.7% since 2015. L.A. County’s Second Supervisorial District, represented by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, has the highest share of people experiencing homelessness in the county.
“Los Angeles cannot be the shining prize of the Pacific if we don’t take care of our most vulnerable citizens. Measure H is rooted in a simple idea: We rise and fall together. I urge Los Angeles to pass this smart plan to address the homelessness crisis,” said Tom Steyer, business Leader and philanthropist.
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