United Way of Greater Los Angeles Announces 11th Annual HomeWalk To End Homelessness in L.A. County

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The 5K Family Run/Walk is the Largest Annual Fundraiser in Los Angeles County to Help Move Individuals, Families, and Veterans off the Streets and into Homes

HomeWalk is United Way of Greater Los Angeles' annual 5K family run/walk to end homelessness in L.A. County.

Today, United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced registration is open for the 11th annual HomeWalk. The 5K family run/walk to end homelessness will take place on November 18, 2017 at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. This year, United Way’s goals are bigger than ever: raise $1.5 million to directly support its mission of ending homelessness in L.A. County. Over the past 10 years, HomeWalk has successfully mobilized more than 85,000 people and raised $7.6 million in funding, which directly helped to bring 18,000 of our homeless neighbors home for good. Currently, more than 57,000 individuals, families, and veterans are homeless in L.A. County.

“Homelessness is an issue that’s bigger than any one of us. HomeWalk is United Way’s signature event of the year because it mobilizes thousands of Angelenos to not only give a voice to those who are silent, but find and fund the solutions that work. We invite all members of the community to participate in HomeWalk by registering, fundraising, or volunteering at the event,” said Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “After more than 10 years of hosting this successful event, we know that Angelenos are invested in solving this issue. United, we can create a real impact and accomplish the amazing feat of bringing our homeless neighbors home for good.”

This year’s HomeWalk comes on the heels of the passage of Prop HHH and Measure H, which will bring $4.5 billion for building permanent supportive housing and homeless services in Los Angeles over the next five years. While the city and county have taken a tremendous leap towards ending homelessness with this funding, more work is needed to reach that goal.

The 11th annual HomeWalk wouldn’t be possible without support from its sponsors – allowing 100% of funds raised from participants to go directly back into the community. This year’s sponsors include recurring Presenting Sponsor: the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, VIP Sponsors, AECOM and the Annenberg Foundation, as well as Major Sponsors including AEG, Dignity Health, JP Morgan Chase, SoCalGas, and Torrance Refining Company.

“The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation continues its commitment to ending chronic homelessness in L.A. County and has been proud to have United Way of Greater Los Angeles as a key partner in these efforts since 2009,” said Peter Laugharn, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “We’re not just proud to support HomeWalk in its 11th year, we’re proud to also provide ongoing support for United Way’s initiative to end homelessness, Home For Good. Together, we can solve homelessness for our neighbors by ensuring they are housed and have the support they need to stay housed.”

In conjunction with the event, United Way is launching the campaign “Amazing Feat,” which aspires to bring L.A. community members together to get homeless neighbors back on their feet and into permanent supportive homes. United Way has also recruited local, visionary L.A. street photographers Jacob Fischer, Kimberly Genevieve, Jeremy Paige, and Kat Westerman to document the city from a new perspective as part of a photography series, “View of L.A. by Foot,” available on social channels and viewable onsite at the event.

For more information on how to register and fundraise visit unitedwayla.org/HomeWalk. You can also follow United Way of Greater Los Angeles on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @LAUnitedWay, #AmazingFeat, #HomeWalk, and #YesToHousing.

Hi-res images from last year’s HomeWalk are available for download here.

About United Way Greater Los Angeles:
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization fighting to end homelessness and poverty by providing students with support needed to graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce, providing housing for our homeless neighbors, and helping hard-working families become financially stable. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwayla.org.

Devin Desjarlais
Director, Communications & Content

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