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HomeWalk Raises Funds for Homeless

  • By David Barron

MONTEREY PARK --When it comes to walking the talk, one local resident is working very hard to make the homeless issue a thing of the past. She is Claudia Andrade of Monterey Park who has emerged as one of the most fearless leaders for the 11th Annual Homewalk scheduled on Nov. 18, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Andrade, an employee of SoCal Gas Company, last year led a team of over 1,300 of her colleagues to raise over $165,000 for HomeWalk. This was the most money raised by a team.
The current homeless crisis in Los Angeles is being driven by a lack of affordable housing at every level and is expected to continue to rise given increasing rents across the county.
This year’s HomeWalk intends to raise $1.5 million that will all go directly into helping get people off the streets and into permanent supportive homes, the biggest fundraising goal set for this event to date.
Claudia is a lifelong resident of Monterey Park and works as the Community Relations manager for Southern California Gas Company. In that role she is involved directing the company’s support for many non-profit institutions.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced registration is open for the 11thannual HomeWalk. The 5K family run/walk to end homelessness will take place on November 18, 2017 at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 

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