If you’re one of those West Hollywood residents who are concerned about the homeless people you see on the city’s streets, there is something you can do about it.
This weekend the City of West Hollywood will participate in United Way’s annual HomeWalk 5k Family Run/Walk. The event raises money for the fight to end homelessness and poverty in Los Angeles County. HomeWalk will take place at Grand Park, which is located near the Los Angeles City Hall, at 200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
The City of West Hollywood has formed a team and is conducting fundraising efforts. Community members and their friends and family are invited to join the city’s team by registering online. People who would like to donate to the cause, but cannot participate, may contribute online using the team website link.
HomeWalk participants will begin to gather at 7 a.m. on Saturday at Grand Park. The walk will kick off at 8:45 a.m., and everyone must start the walk no later than 9:15 a.m. Late arrivals will not be permitted to participate in the walk after that time. This year, the United Way has teamed up with the Los Angeles Rams team (players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans) to join thousands of participants on the day of HomeWalk.
According to United Way, HomeWalk was launched 12 years ago and since has raised funds to influence legislation for homeless solutions and prevention. Efforts include a county-wide campaign called Everyone In, which mobilizes thousands of people from across all 88 cities in the region to advocate and support housing solutions. Since 2011, more than 40,000 people have been housed though United Way’s Home For Good initiative and they’ve developed a coordinated system to match homeless residents to housing. The system is now used by more than 130 homeless service providers countywide.
The city’s Homeless Initiative, which is led by the its Strategic Initiatives Division, 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. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/homeless.