(Los Angeles – March 6, 2017) – Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn led hundreds of supporters, community representatives and religious leaders today at a rally to “get out the vote” on Tuesday, March 7. The crowds in attendance showed the overwhelming support for Measure H among various communities and organizations.
The last Measure H campaign event prior to the election, the event gathered representatives from a diverse group of 65 organizations including: Move LA, The LA Fed, Heal The Bay, United Way of L.A., ACLU of Southern California, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, LA Voice, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA, California Community Foundation, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, Homeless Healthcare LA, Kaiser Permanente, Mental Health America – LA,PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), Skid Row Housing Trust, Union Station Homeless Services and many others.
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.
“Tonight while we lay our heads down on a pillow, there’s a veteran on the streets of Los Angeles. There’s a mother and her child. There’s an 18 year old girl who was just emancipated from foster care – and they are all sleeping on our streets. In our City of Angels and in our county, over 45,000 people have no place to call home. We do not accept that. We are not here to manage homelessness. We are not here to address homelessness. We are here to end homelessness. So join me and vote Yes on H,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“If you don’t think we are already paying for homelessness, then you would be wrong. We are paying for this problem in ways that are more painful and less productive. Our law enforcement spends $120 million annually addressing the homelessness issue. Our healthcare system spends millions of dollars caring for people who would be healthier and happier if they had a warm, safe place to sleep. The quarter cent increase proposed in Measure H would amount to an extra dime on the cost of a $40 sweater, so I ask you, “brother, can you spare a dime?”” said Supervisor Janice Hahn.
“The intense feeling of fear and uncertainty of becoming homeless will always be impossible for me to forget. Because of my disability, I was virtually unemployable and the shock of misfortune made it difficult for me to put my life together. In 2006 I found an organization to provide supportive housing and my life turned around. I am reminded every day of how blessed I am. Tomorrow, I am going to go to my local polling place and I am going to vote YES on Measure H,” said Speak Up Advocate, Frank Ybarra.
We generally think of this phrase as a statement of solidarity on the job site: An injury to one is an injury to all. But one of the 47,000 who are on our streets every night is an injury to all of us. Because they are hurting, we are hurting. And so we can do something about it: We can say Yes on H. It’s the right economic thing to do and it’s the right morel thing to do,” said Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
Business leaders in Los Angeles County support Measure H – businesses know that it is much less expensive than the status quo. This is the right thing to do for those in our streets every night, but it is also the right thing to do for our budgets and our pocketbooks. We have human talent that is being wasted on our streets. By helping them, we can make a huge difference in Los Angeles County,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, LA Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We are not like the priest or the levite on Jericho Road, who chose to look over and pass by. Instead, we continue to work. Not because it is popular, but because it is the humane thing to do. Tomorrow we have an opportunity to provide the necessary service, hope, and compassion that is needed to end homelessness,” said Reverend Oliver Boyd, LA Voice & Whole Men United Methodist Church.
“In the Bible, Jesus said, ‘Foxes have holes, birds have nests, but the son of man hath no place to lay his head.’ I think he was saying that if foxes have holes and birds have nests, then people ought to have housing,” said Pastor Cue, The Row Church.
“What’s hard is lifting up a community. What’s hard is making a difference in an individual’s life. For many, it is remarkably easy to do horrible things to survive. What’s hard is finding their way out. Measure H will provide resources to help individuals find their way out of homelessness. Now, what’s easy is to talk to your friends and neighbors about voting Yes on H. What’s easy is showing up at the polls and pressing that button,” said Jerry Neuman, Board Member, United Way.
“The truth is, we’ve been working on this for a while. One church, synagogue, community room at a time, and we are coming to the moment where we have a chance to say something really powerful to the world: ‘We are Los Angeles and we are voting Yes on H because we care about every single person who lives in this city and this county,’” said Rabbi Noah Farkas, Valley Beth Shalom & LAHSA Commissioner.
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