PATHLINES A Magazine on Housing and Homelessness
NOTES FROM A JOURNEY
CAN WE REALLY END
HOMELESSNESS A CONVERSATION WITH
IN TEN YEARS?
AND WHY HE SAYS
YES IN MY BACKYARD!
NETWORKS AT WORK
75 US CITIES DISCUSS THE CHANGING ROLE OF SUPPORT SERVICES
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3 CEO NOTES PEOPLE ASSISTING THE HOMELESS
Joel John Roberts BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Myrna Hant, Ph.D, President
Jan Cloyde, Vice President
Eva Vollmer, Corresponding Secretary
Rita Emerson, MPH Steve Eisner, Treasurer
Ellen Evans Agee Kaaren Kurtzman
David Alden Robert Levine
4 NOTES FROM A JOURNEY Aris Anagnos
Karl R. Austen
Mae Keyson McAuley
Homeless To Homeowner Terry Bird John Molloy
Mitchell Dawson Claire West Orr
Rita R. Emerson, MPH Stanley Schneider
Michael Goldberg Lawrence Schwartz
Collette Flannick Hebert Robert Shober
A Haven For Hope In San Antonio Gary Helme
Frances R. Jones
By Joelle Emerson
GRAMERCY HOUSING GROUP
If You Build It, They Will Come BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Buss, President
By Shane Murphy Goldsmith Nadine Hettle, Vice President
Jim Robinson, Secretary
Lindsay Wiggins, Treasurer
6 FEATURE STORY Maria Alden
Adapting Homeless Services For A Natalie Neith
Housing World Charles Orr
PATH Partners Associates
PATH ACHIEVE GLENDALE
8 ON THE COVER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Claire West Orr, Chair
Eric Garcetti Proves Public Service Is Alive Teri Ghaemmaghami
And Well... Mary Khouri
By Kai Stansberry Nicholas Lam
9 Darlene Najarian
Mobilizing Community Will PATH VENTURES
By Elise Buik BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Julie Downey, Co- Chair
HELPING THE HOMELESS
Paul Freese, Co-Chair
10 Harreld Adams
10 Things You Can Do Rick Burns
By Joelle Emerson Sharon Fong
11 John Molloy
Can We End Homelessness In Ten Years? Lori Sale
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2 PATHLINES firstname.lastname@example.org.
ears ago, a dear friend said something to me that I still remem-
ber and take to heart to this day… “Take risks. Don’t be afraid
to DO something different with your life.” That encouragement
in Public Health.
It strikes me that helping the homeless requires much the same approach.
We are either actively DOing (engaged in working towards solving the home-
less crisis) or not (relying on other people and other organizations who are
focused on getting people off of the streets). Before I discovered PATH, I
homelessness but wasn’t sure if my efforts were enough to make a difference.
We may see the reality of the homeless crisis in our midst and genuinely want
to help, but do not know where to start. For those of you who can identify with
this, all I can tell you is that you’ve come to the right place.
In this edition of PATHLines, we’re highlighting new strategies to address
homelessness, including the innovative “Mall” approach to homeless service
delivery. We want you to become inspired by the journey of Adam, an in-
credible perseverer who went from homeless to homeowner. Along the way
you’ll encounter a public servant who champions the Y!MBY (Yes In My
Back Yard) movement by proactively siting homeless services in his council
help the homeless by volunteering. Finally, in our community spotlight we’ll
suggest a great opportunity for you to put your DOing into action on behalf of Rita Emerson, MPH,
pictured here with her
the homeless by participating in the HomeWalk on November 17th (page 9). husband, Steve.
So read on, don’t be afraid, and go DO something to help end the crisis of
homelessness in Los Angeles today!
Rita Emerson, MPH
PATH Board of Directors
CEO N0TES rying to use 1980’s solutions in 2007 is like
trying to entertain today’s teenagers with Dukes
of Hazzard television shows. It just won’t work.
Today’s approaches to resolving homelessness
should not be solely based on solutions created
in the 1980’s, such as those that provide “three
hots and a cot”—three meals and a shelter bed.
To help pioneer solutions to homelessness
that will work in the 21st century, PATH Partners formed The National
Mall Network where we, along with other communities across the US,
discuss how the homeless service provider community is evolving to
provide services that go beyond meeting emergency needs to create
permanent solutions that help people access affordable housing.
On the local level, we have formed strategic partnerships with
communities across Southern California to encourage this “evolution”
in our very own backyard. In our article, “Services To Housing” (page
6), you will learn more about these efforts.
Today, over 75 communities around the country have joined the
“evolution” in order to further the transition of homeless services
from 1980 to 2007. As you read more, we hope you will want to join
and become a part of this exciting transition.
Joel John Roberts
Notes From A Journey
Everyone in our community agrees they want
homelessness to end – our struggle is that we
all have varying opinions on how to solve it...
t was easy for a child grow- Adam began using the 12-step program
ing up in one of the rough- to the best of his ability. He began to
est areas of Los Angeles to apply the spiritual principles of the
PATH Partners Associates believe that gangs, drugs program to his life, and truly started to
and the consequences of that “walk the walk” of recovery. He even
community stakeholders to agree on local lifestyle were normal. Adam (name began to give back to the recovery
community what he had been given.
Not only was Adam very active in the
on to marijuana and alcohol, and by the Next-Step Program by providing feed-
PATH Partners Associates time he was eighteen he’d already been back and suggestions during groups,
to juvenile hall and jail. He entered but he also began speaking at 12-step
a sub- meetings to share his hope
“You can do anything if you and strength with others in
recovery. He maintained a
t r e a t - put your mind to it...” positive, gracious attitude
m e n t and, despite his success,
Resource/Gaps Analysis - he remained humble.
though exposed to the 12-step program Equipped with sobriety and a new
of recovery, Adam did not take it seri- outlook on life, Adam began work-
ously. He was in and out of jail four ing for a real estate broker and was
more times, and spent three more times
Grant Management/Compliance in treatment before his parents kicked With his savings and the support of his
him out of their house. Adam found family, Adam was able to purchase a
Capacity Building Of Local Agencies himself living on the streets, spending home in Glendale, California. He was
recently promoted to CFO, and contin-
prostitutes. Finally, in 2004, he decided ues to exhibit the initiative and drive
he’d had enough. that make him an asset to his company.
After complet- Adam remains active as an alumnus of
ing another treat- the Next-Step Program, and brings his
ment program, personal experience with homelessness
Adam entered and recovery to the steering committee
PATH Achieve meetings, which focus on improving
G l e n d a l e ’s services through client feedback and
Next-Step Per- suggestions. When asked if he had a
Maggie Willis, Managing Partner manent Support- message to share with the community,
(323) 660-‐1231 ive Housing Program. It was while Adam said:
he was in Next-Step that he began to “You can do anything if you put
seriously focus on his recovery. He your mind to it and dedicate your-
realized that recovery was about more self to hard work in order to achieve
than simply not using drugs or drink- your goals. There is a different way,
ing - it was about personal change. He a better way. Alcohol and drugs are
couldn’t just change some things about not the answer.”
4 PATHLINES himself; he had to change everything.
W hat’s in a name? In this case, a lot.
Haven for Hope, a multiservice center
in development in San Antonio, Texas, is
along the continuum of services.
Robert Marbut, the Executive Director of
the project, knows a lot about helping people
“tracks” for becoming a member of Haven
for Hope. One is to enter through the main
program, and the other is to enter through
aptly named as it embarks upon its mission in need. He has dealt with homelessness- the “Prospect Courtyard.” The Prospect
to provide much needed hope for homeless related issues for over 20 years, and recently Courtyard is a separate but adjacent campus
individuals and families. Construction has was responsible for running San Antonio’s for chronically homeless individuals who
been underway for two months on the project, shelters for victims of hurricanes Katrina and decide that they don’t want to move into the
which is designed Rita. Marbut believes that the “Continuum main program. This unique wing of Haven
to meet the multiple of Care” model, which Haven for Hope will for Hope shows its dedication to helping
service needs of utilize, is absolutely critical in addressing homeless individuals all along the spectrum,
homeless individuals homelessness. He says that problems arise in from chronically homeless individuals who
and families in San providing services to the homeless when the are resistant to social services, to families
A Haven for Hope in San Antonio By Joelle Emerson
Antonio. The facility services start being separated out. “Anytime
— which spans about you start referring people out, there’s a The ultimate goal of Haven for Hope is
22 acres — is located chance for it not to work.” to help the homeless move towards living
just 1.5 miles west of That’s why Haven for Hope will have
downtown San Antonio. When completed, a full range of services on-site. From healthcare, to substance abuse treatment and
it will serve over 1,000 homeless people emergency services to advanced supportive childcare, Haven for Hope will provide help.
through its 45 programs which provide a full housing, the facility will accommodate a While some programs will be launching
range of services, from emergency services wide variety of needs so that members (the in the next few months, the program is
through permanent housing, to address the name given to program participants) can set to open the majority of its facilities in
varying needs of homeless individuals all December 2008.
If You Build it, They Will Come...
By Shane Murphy Goldsmith
All of the home- built over the last few years has been mar-
less folks I have ever ket-rate or luxury apartments. Average rents to cover regular operating costs such as
met have one thing have soared above $1600 per month. property management, mortgage payments,
in common: they All the direct services in the world are and any services for chronically homeless or
don’t have homes. not going to be enough to help low income disabled tenants.
This is why PATH people afford these rents. Many long time supporters of PATH—in-
Partners, highly es- cluding board members, donors, and elected
teemed for its suc- “We recognize that,
cessful direct service while it is necessary PATH Ventures and make sure we have the
programs, created funding we need to build the housing our
PATH Ventures. We
to provide direct clients need.
recognize that, while services, it is not PATH Ventures is a community develop-
it is necessary to pro- enough. We have to ment corporation whose mission is to “im-
vide direct services, it is not enough. build the housing prove individual lives and communities by
We have to build the housing ourselves. ourselves.” increasing quality affordable housing and
The state of California requires that ev- creating opportunities for economic, civic,
ery city and county develop a plan, called Meanwhile, rent-controlled apartment and personal empowerment.” PATH Ven-
the Housing Element, to meet the growing units are either being torn down to build tures’ housing models aim to end and pre-
need for housing in each jurisdiction. The new condominiums, or are so badly neglect- vent homelessness by integrating supportive
Southern California Association of Govern- ed that tenants are living with holes in their services with permanent housing for people
ments has determined that by 2014 the city ceilings, roaches in their beds, and without in need. Our programs include:
of Los Angeles must build 112,876 units of running water. HOUSING NOW For those living on
housing, 39% of which must be for low in- Any way you look at it, there is an over- the streets, this program provides immedi-
come households (families of four earning whelming need for affordable housing in the ate entry into permanent housing through a
less than $45,200 per year). That’s 44,000 city. But, it costs just as much to build an subsidized leasing program with intensive
units in 7 years. “affordable” apartment building as it does support services and innovative community
Unfortunately, the city has not been able to build a market-rate apartment building. integration strategies. Our successful pro-
to meet the housing need in years past, and The costs of land, lumber, steel, and labor gram in Glendale houses formerly homeless
there is no way to force cities to reach the are not magically lower because the housing
goals established in the Housing Element. is for low income people. In fact, it is even » continued on page 13
Most of the new rental housing that has been more expensive to operate affordable hous-
SERVICES TO HOUSING: A COMMU NITY B AS ED S ERVIC E S YS TEM
The approach to addressing homelessness has dramatically changed in the past few years. Decades ago, public and private funding
sources supported emergency services that helped feed, shelter, and care for people living on the streets. Today, public and private
sectors are redirecting their policies, funding, and strategies to concentrate on developing permanent housing.
Through the dedicated work of direct service providers, we cannot deny that the hungry have been fed and the homeless have
been sheltered. After over twenty years, it’s clear that homelessness is not a “temporary problem,” and more long-term solutions
THE TRADITIONAL SYSTEM
The traditional continuum of services emerged through independent agencies and
struggled to give immediate relief to those in need. The system developed into a
“laissez-faire” environment because of the following:
SA F ETY N ET STORY TE LL E R C OM MU N IT YB A
For years, service agencies have been Most people acknowledge that in order Instead of individual agencies being
providing emergency support services to effectively address homelessness, the scattered throughout a region,
to meet a growing demand from entire community needs to be involved. communities can bring together a
people ending up on our streets. While variety of services in one location.
community-based agencies will always be movement that is sweeping the nation
the safety net for people with nowhere services, these multi-service centers
else to turn, the net itself can be woven initiative brings together community become a centralized “connector” for
more tightly to prevent people from stakeholders—government, corporate, the community, agency services, public
becoming homeless, promote rapid faith, and community leaders—in order institutions, permanent housing, and
re-housing, and use street outreach as to design appropriate solutions to end people who are homeless.
a strategic tool for building community homelessness.
WORK AGENCIES DEVELOPERS
TOGETHER The challenge facing us all is how to transform a decades-old homeless service system so that it
is relevant in today’s environment, which values permanent housing placements as the primary
who promote stability and wellness, and then link this system to direct housing?
AS E STRATEGIC OUTREACH
MULTI-SERVICE CENTERS /
Q. When did you make the
decision to become a public servant?
A. People often say that you can see
the face of the world in Los Angeles,
but having grown up here, when I
studied and traveled abroad, I saw the
face of Los Angeles in the rest of the
world. The more I traveled, the more
I came to see Los Angeles as a place
for social, cultural, and economic
When I moved back to Los Angeles
with my partner, Amy Wakeland, I
immediately re-engaged in civic life.
While teaching at USC, I stood with
the cafeteria workers there who were
my neighbors in Silver Lake as part of
the Coalition to Save the Silver Lake
Reservoir. It was only when then-
Councilmember Jackie Goldberg was
that I began to think about running.
Is it everything I’ve thought it would
be? Everything, and more.
Q. When you were growing up,
did you experience “hard luck”?
A. I was fortunate growing up. My
parents came from immigrant families
“Los Angeles is the who struggled and succeeded in
homelessness capital of different ways, and I grew up middle
America – and the only class in the San Fernando Valley.
way we will shed this label
is with a comprehensive, I was also fortunate that both sides of
big picture solution.” my family, the Mexican immigrants
- Eric Garcetti on my father’s side and the Eastern
European Jewish immigrants on my
mother’s, have always stressed the
importance of helping those less
fortunate. That drives the work I do on
behalf of the residents of my district.
Across the world, people know that
Hollywood and Vine is a destination
for celebrity and excitement. Fewer
people know that the median family
income in the census tracts right
around that corner is between $19,000
and $23,000 per year. That’s typical
of many of the neighborhoods in my
PATHLines Talks to
district, and that’s why I’ve worked to
create affordable housing, living-wage
A s political leaders struggle with the issue of homelessness, one individual stands apart from the
crowd - Los Angeles City Council President, Eric Garcetti. Representing a district that includes
Hollywood, California, Garcetti has chosen to wield his political power beyond the expectations of
Tinseltown to truly serve the underserved. Siting much needed housing and services for the homeless - and
going on the record to say Y!MBY (Yes! In My Back Yard) - Eric Garcetti is proof that public servants are
alive, well and serving in Hollywood.
jobs, and new parks and green spaces in my that PATH Partners provides to its patrons.
district. These three elements are the three legs of Q. What’s the last book you read?
Q. What life experiences have shaped
a stool – without one of them, we all fall
down. Los Angeles is the homelessness A.
your commitment to advocate for the capital of America – and the only way we Life by Robert Dallek, one of the closer
homeless and other underserved groups? will shed this label is with a comprehensive, examinations of John F. Kennedy’s life and
A. I attended Columbia University when
big picture solution.
New York City was experiencing a great
amount of change. I saw the juxtaposition
Q. As Los Angeles City Council President, Q. If you are not at work and not at home,
how do you balance the needs and priorities
of extreme wealth with extreme poverty
within just a few blocks of each other. It was
of the city with the responsibility, needs and
priorities of your council district?
A. You might catch me at the Echo Park
Farmer’s Market checking out the latest
teaming up with the Harlem Restoration A. Being Council President is a tremendous crop ofgrow at home), or(at leastathose that
seeing movie at
Project to keep housing prices affordable honor, one that has allowed me to help
to low income tenants, and with Habitat each of my colleagues address the issues the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood. If it’s
for Humanity, helping to build low-income confronting our city that he or she has taken early in the morning, I might be on a walk in
units in some of the poorest parts of the city. on. Nonetheless, my responsibility begins Elysian Park. Work can be demanding, but
The urban problems – and solutions – that I with the 260,000 souls that call CD13 home, when I get the chance I like to take some
the people who elected me to serve them time to get a feel for the pulse of the city.
real understanding of the issues facing the
homeless in every city.
and improve their quality of life. By serving
them effectively, I have been able to take on Q. What is your favorite & least favorite
a leadership role in the council and in the thing about being an Angeleno?
Q . You’ve been on the record endorsing city. A. I love that this city is truly the city of the
the “Mall” approach (integrated support 21st century. Its diversity brings excitement
services and creative housing). What about Q. Being intentional about locating
it appeals to you? housing and services for the homeless for dinner all the way to reshaping the fabric
A. For too long, we’ve dealt with
in your district could be considered a
politically unpopular decision. What made
of the city to serve a global population. It
has scale, opportunity and potential that
homelessness in fragments. We talk about you stand your ground?
where we can move people off the street,
but not about where they can live. We talk A. CD13 is the third-poorest district in the problems – I wouldn’t be in this job if I
about where people can stay, but not how city. It is also the densest district in the city.
they can stay there. We talk about how we
can help them, but not about how we can
Locating housing and services in my district
isn’t a choice – it’s a necessity. We can’t Q. What’s next for you?
get them to accept help. Any conversation
about solving the homelessness crisis begins
ignore the problem and hope it will go away.
90,000 people will go to bed tonight without
A. I’m enjoying serving as councilmember
and president of the council. We have a lot of
with a strategy that emphasizes outreach, a roof over their heads. We must do the hard work to do together.
services, and housing, much like the model work of building a better future ourselves.
“Never doubt that a small Mobilizing Community Will By Elise Buik
group of thoughtful,
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
committed citizens can
change the world; indeed, it’s
the only thing that ever has.” At 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, an estimated 5,000 people will
gather in Exposition Park for a 5K family walk to offer their support
capital of the country.
It is a small group. Very small compared to the 88,000 who are homeless every night; 15,000 of whom
are children. Faced with those kind of statistics, it would be easy to feel overwhelmed, to believe that our
a powerful difference. In fact, as Margaret Meade points out, they’re the only things that ever have.
HomeWalk offers a tangible opportunity for the people of Los Angeles to take action against the
growing crisis of homelessness in this county, a crisis that concerns us, the future of our children and the
future of generations to come. On November 17, a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens will yet again attempt to change
The question is, will you be one of them?
For more information and to register for HomeWalk, please log on to www.HomeWalkLA.org.
Ten Things You Can Do
To Help The Homeless... By Joelle Emerson
It’s easy to feel disconnected from the crisis of homelessness in Los Angeles, as many of us juggle work,
family, and activity after activity. However, there is one thing we can all do to bring our communities
together to address homelessness - volunteer.
If you want to help make a difference, donate your time for the homeless. Here are a few ways to get
1 Get involved. Educate yourself and your family about who homeless people are and how you and your
community can make a difference.
2 Donate your time - tutor a homeless child. Programs such as the Rhonda Fleming Family Center allow
volunteers to interact with homeless children, helping them with reading, homework and computer skills.
hours a week with a tutor can make a world of difference.
3 Prepare and serve a meal. Cooks program and use your passion
for cooking to prepare and serve meals to the individuals living in the PATHWays transitional housing pro-
gram. Homeless individuals often miss out on having home-cooked meals, so the delicious food provided by
our PATHCooks volunteers is truly a treat.
4 Donate your professional skills - teach a workshop or develop a training class. Organizations like
PATH offer life skills classes for our clients. Do you have an area of expertise from which you think
5 Ride-along with the PATH Outreach Team. This is a great way to get informed about homelessness
and how PATH reaches out to individuals living on the streets.
6 Donate work-appropriate clothing and shoes. If you have dress-
and most agencies never have enough of these items.
7 Say Yes! In My Back Yard. Support siting of a service organization,
program or low-income housing that helps homeless people in your
8 Make your FAITH Matter.
ters network, committed to ending homelessness through community action and mobilization.
9 For a holiday party with a twist, ask attendees to
10 Get your friends and family involved! Share these ideas with people you know, and we can all work together
to end homelessness.
For more information about these ideas or other ways to get involved, contact Sally Evans,
PATH’s volunteer coordinator, at (323) 644-2207 or email@example.com.
T here was a time
when we did not
see people call the
W e have the ability to redress homelessness
in our community. And, yes, we can do so
within 10 years. The issue, however, is are we
T hree years ago, at
streets home. My willing to summon the resolve and pay the price ciation conference in
Mother is 90 years to accomplish this? Vancouver, I heard
old. My son is 22. Every expert on homelessness in L.A. Phil Mangano speak
My Mom didn’t see recognizes that we must start by expanding the to the goal of ending
homeless people un- availability of affordable housing to prevent homelessness in ten
til the Reagan presi- homelessness, and permanent supportive housing years. I walked into
dency, when he cut for those seeking to escape homelessness. We his session skeptical.
the federal affordable need the city and county to develop strategies I walked out hopeful
housing budget by 75%. Homelessness is to eradicate NIMBY barriers. We must then - inspired by his resolve.
all my son has ever known. For his gen- engage the homeless to ensure that they accept First, he said that it is far less expensive
eration, it’s natural to conclude that home- housing. San Francisco has set an encouraging to provide housing for individuals than to
lessness has always been part of the social model. By converting their general assistance let them fend for themselves by utilizing
landscape. Nothing can be further from the emergency rooms for health care, alleys
truth. Ask anyone old enough to remember have succeeded in adding nearly 2000 units of for rest rooms, and tapping into the re-
Can We END
1980.We can prevent and end homeless- permanent housing in the past few years. Their sources of paramedics, law enforcement
ness. willingness to invest in ending homelessness has and other public workers. Therefore, the
In fact, we end homelessness everyday produced a situation in which they claim to have notion of permanent assisted-living makes
for thousands of homeless people in our housed every homeless person willing to move consummate sense to me and I support
community. But, as fast as we end it, we into supportive housing and now are dealing with this approach. Second, he said that exist-
send a seemingly endless stream of people those resistant to leaving the streets. ing social service organizations, though
To reconnect the homeless with a humane well-intentioned, tend to focus on their
policies. We create homelessness when habitat, San Francisco recently launched own survival, rather than on strategic
our jail, hospital and foster care systems “Behavioral Health Court,” which the S.F. collaboration. Mangano pointed out that
discharge people to the streets. We fail to Weekly endorsed as the most effective vehicle to
end it by not making affordable housing a “break the cycle” of chronic homelessness. This board of directors, an executive director,
top priority. We continue it by holding on court provides treatment and supportive housing a development strategy and a budget to
in 10 Years?
alternatives to jail. The genius of it is its ability raise.
my backyard.” We tolerate it by continuing to hold both the individual and the services For each organization there are bylaws,
to see homeless people as less than human. system accountable, to ensure that the individual fundraising events, committees and an-
We forget that the homeless person we step receives the support they need. The effectiveness nual reports. From the outside looking in,
over everyday is someone’s mom. Some- of this model can’t be overstated. Judge Steven
one’s son. Manley, who runs the San Jose version of habitating” in this city, rather than on col-
Bring LA Home - our 10 year plan to this court, released the following remarkable laborating toward ending homelessness.
end homelessness, has all the ideas needed statistics: More than 1,000 individuals have Finally, he spoke of conversations he had
to prevent and end homelessness. What completed their involvement with his court, of with homeless individuals. What do they
is missing in our community is the politi- whom 88% were homeless when they entered. want? Most would like some place to live.
cal will and leadership to implement and Now, 100% are housed. He also demonstrated A place to take a shower, wash clothes and
fund these ideas. Why? Because the price cost effectiveness in terms of reduced utilization safely store their belongings. Sure, those
to build 50,000 units of affordable housing of emergency care, hospital who are considered “chronically” home-
for LA is over $1 billion a year for the next and jail beds, psychiatric
- holds, and policing. into a structured lifestyle. And certainly
bilized by a lack of vision to address the If we can provide some individuals who are homeless have
disgrace of LA being the homeless capital affordable, supportive made decisions which started them on the
of the US. What they fail to consider is that housing and link it to courts downward spiral of substance abuse and/
the cost of doing nothing is even more ex- like those above (and L.A. or criminal behavior. Society must hold
pensive. Hospitalization is 49 times more recently launched its own them accountable for their choices, but we
expensive that supportive housing. Jail is pilot under Judge Michael in society must also do unto others as we
twice as expensive. The time for plans and Tynan), we may be able to would have others do unto us.
excuses is over. People are homeless be- solve homelessness within
cause they do not have homes! We need 10 years. Kerry Morrison
housing now! Fund it. Site it. Build it. Executive Director
Paul Freese Hollywood Entertainment District
Bob Erlenbusch Director of Litigation & Advocacy
Executive Director Public Counsel
Los Angeles Coalition To End
Hunger & Homelessness
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Bernard & Sandra Fischbach First Federal Bank of California Glendale Association of Realtors
Bob & Toby Waldorf Milken Family Foundation Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation
Charles & Ava Fries Philanthropy International Bel Air Presbyterian Church
Dino & Stella Andrianos Samoan Congregational Christian Church McMaster-Carr Supply Company
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Martin M. Beverly Hills Rotary Community Foundation Marisla Foundation
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Dara Parsavand Glendale Kiwanis Youth, Inc. The David Geffen Foundation
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Ruth Galanter ITG Software Solutions, Inc.
Roirdan & Lois Wecker Burnett United Way, Inc. Lon V. Smith Foundation
William H. Doheny Charlotte & William Hinson Charitable Weingart Foundation
Robert & Deborah Levine Foundation Aaroe Associates Charitable
Toby Meuli Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles Foundation
Lynne Wilkes-Binder Pentair Foundation
Jeanne Faoro Surpin, Mayersohn, & Edelstone The Autry Foundation
Pamela & Gary Magnuson L.A. Brotherhood Crusade Nordstrom
James Stigler John & Hilda Arnold Foundation Good Samaritan Hospital
David Gersh The Aidlin Foundation
Linda L. Northrup The Brotman Foundation of California Universal Studios Hollywood
Mark & Gay Forbes Winogrond U.S. Bank Discover a Star Foundation
Marion Ross California Law Advocates Vollmer Family Foundation
Irene Wolin Schonberger Disney Cast Community Fund Westwood Presbyterian Church
Michael & Sheila Goldberg Fenimore Family Trust Mary J. Palevsky Administrative
Bob & Virginia Campbell Shober Plan B Entertainment Trust
Reverend Charles & Claire West Orr Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation Kaiser Permanente
Elizabeth Evans The California Endowment Northrop Grumman Corporation
Terry & Lynn Bird Westwood United Methodist Church The Ralph M. Parsons
Mark & Ellie Gottwald California Consumer Protection Foundation Foundation
Bill & Myrna Hant Macy’s Passport Fund
Peter & Mary O’Fallon The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Robert & Gail Dubois John W. Porter Trust
Stanley & Mady Schneider Charles & Mildred Schnurmacher
Andrew Barth Foundation, Inc.
Heidi & Kenneth Widelitz Clarity Partners, LP
Rita Ragusa Creative Artists Agency
Warren & Patricia Dodson Employees Community Fund of Boeing
Food for All
*People Assisting The Homeless Grace Ford Salvatori Foundation
would like to give a special thanks KTLA 5 Charities Fund
to Jon Berger and Plan Ahead for Rhonda Fleming Foundation
Staples Foundation for Learning
supplies. We’d also like to recognize The Harold R. and Winifred R. Swanton
Ugo and Alma Mamolo for their Foundation
generous in-kind contribution of Hibernian Development LLC
delicious food for a special event.
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14 PATHLINES Support Services with Permanent Housing
y combin- when given the option of supportive housing, a
ing our re-
sources and and over 80% of tenants are able to remain housed
working for over a year.
collaboratively as a re-
gion, I believe that local -
government, advocates ly as a policy to reduce homelessness, and I have
and housing providers encouraged City departments to direct resources
can implement solutions towards this goal.
to dramatically reduce But in addition to providing the capital and re-
the number of home- sources to build and support the operation of this
less people living on the type of housing, we must also work to link the crit-
streets of Los Angeles. ical services that are responsible for providing the
Cities across the na- housing stability that people need most. Case man-
tion have recognized agement, mental health services, and recovery ser-
that one of the most ef- vices for the addicted are essential components.
fective models in reduc- The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has
ing street homelessness is Permanent Supportive recently agreed to coordinate and enhance social
Housing – long-term affordable housing linked to service systems with cities that are funding per-
manent supportive housing. Since Los Angeles is
various homeless populations. Such housing saves a regional leader in funding this type of housing,
lives, saves neighborhoods, and saves taxpayers our city will seize the opportunity to expand such
We now know that it is more cost-effective to As we move toward our goal of building our
build and operate this type of housing than it is to supply of supportive housing, organizations like
do nothing at all. Every year, we spend millions PATH Partners will help implement the programs
of dollars by responding to homelessness through that directly effect people and reduce the number
our emergency systems of care – our emergency of people who live on the streets of Los Angeles.
PATH Partners is a local and national leader
A recent study shows that by providing people working to link services to long-term housing
with safe and stable housing linked to the services through the “one-stop” service center model – a
that they need on-site, emergency room visits have
been reduced by 85%, incarceration rates have strategy to achieve this goal. I’m proud to be Co-
been reduced by 50%, and there is a 40% rise in Chair of The National Mall Network Initiative.
the rate of employment when folks are offered em- Working together, the City and PATH Partners
ployment services. can encourage other cities across the nation to ac-
But some critics have expressed a concern that cept the central role of integrated service centers
supportive housing might not work for the long- linked to housing as a strategy to end homeless-
ties. Some believe that, in many cases, the home-
less choose to remain homeless and avoid social Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
services. However, what we now know is that City of Los Angeles
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