As the year draws to a close, the City of West Hollywood is sharing a few ways that people can support the efforts of the city’s Homeless Initiative and contribute to collective efforts to address homelessness:
For those who would like to make financial contributions to organizations that provide services to people experiencing homelessness in West Hollywood, there are several community partners that provide direct services:
• Step Up on Second — www.stepuponsecond.org/ways-to-give
Donations of Non-Perishable Food Items
West Hollywood’s partners at the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles / SOVA Community Food & Resource Program operate two neighborhood food pantry and resource center sites in greater Los Angeles. For detailed information about donating items, visit the JFSLA/SOVA website.
Donations of New and Gently Used Clothing
West Hollywood supports the efforts of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland. Each January, the city hosts a clothing drive to respond to the essential needs of LGBT young people, thousands of whom find themselves without a home or support. The city will be accepting items in collection bins at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer, from Jan. 2 until Jan. 31. For more information, call (323) 848-6833. For information about how to donate directly, please visit www.lalgbtcenter.org/how-you-can-help/donate-clothes.
Contribute to “Real Change” Donation Stations
The City of West Hollywood debuted its “Real Change” donation stations in 2018. Donation Stations at four locations in the city look similar to standard parking meters, but they stand out because of their bright purple domes and blue-and-yellow signage. The donation stations offer basic information about the city’s Homeless Initiative and accept both coin and credit card contributions.
They are located at the West Hollywood Gateway, along La Brea Avenue; at Plummer Park, adjacent to the tennis courts; at Santa Monica Boulevard at Robertson, and at West Hollywood Park, on the San Vicente Boulevard side of the park. Funds from these meters are used to purchase emergency supplies for the city’s homeless outreach teams.
Support United Way’s HomeWalk
West Hollywood partners with United Way of Greater Los Angeles for its annual HomeWalk and is one of the first municipalities in the region to become an “Everyone In” city. Everyone In is a community engagement initiative by a coalition of philanthropic, business, labor, and community organizations that will give Angelenos one place to track and measure progress toward ending homelessness. The HomeWalk event raises funds for homelessness and increases awareness with the ultimate goal of ending homelessness in Los Angeles County. HomeWalk will take place on May 18.
Community members are encouraged to take part and register with West Hollywood’s team at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/team/827568. In addition, the United Way has published a holiday gift guide with items that help support services for people experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles region.
West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative addresses homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. If you are concerned about a community member who is homeless, call the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Concern Line at (323) 848-6590. If your concern requires time-sensitive assistance during nights or weekends, call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850. In an emergency, call 911.
For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/homeless.