Solving Homelessness is a Daunting Task; Preventing it from Getting Worse is Difficult but Not Impossible
Los Angeles has around 53,000 homeless men, women and children living on the streets, in the alleys, under bridges, in parks or anyplace where they can find a bit of safety and shelter. We see the homeless almost everywhere we go yet they account for only 1/2 of 1 percent of the LA population.
South Los Angeles and the South Bay area has around 439,000 people existing at or below the poverty level. They represent 17% of our population. Without our help they could very easily become the future homeless of our communities.
These 439,000 are just a few missed paychecks, big bills or serious illnesses away from big financial trouble. When in a financial bind, people will use rent money to feed and clothe their families. If they do it too often, they will be evicted and can become homeless.
We provide poor families with weekly groceries, clothing, housewares and other personal care products so they can save money to pay their rent. With the money we save them, they are able to keep their loved ones safe and sheltered in their homes. Our gifts are not grand or fancy but they help fill big holes in the family budget.