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City's Homeless Initiative Offers Holiday-Season Compassion, Support, and Services

Post Date:December 21, 2018 2:48 PM

HomelessNotHelplessThe City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative addresses homelessness year-round with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. During the holiday season, the City and its community partners work to raise awareness to ensure that the needs of people experiencing homelessness in the community are addressed with compassion, care, and connection to support and services.

“The City’s Homeless Initiative works in close partnership with our contracted and collaborative nonprofit social services providers, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and Los Angeles County agencies to address homelessness in our city,” said West Hollywood Councilmember John Heilman, who is a member of the West Hollywood City Council’s Subcommittee on Homelessness. “This includes direct street outreach services to our homeless community members that offer shelter, substance abuse treatment, health care, mental health services, housing opportunities and more.”

“In West Hollywood, we have a decades-long history of working resolutely to provide people in need in our community with coordinated social services. Homelessness is an increasingly critical issue in our community and across the region. As we celebrate the holiday season, it’s imperative that we all take time to give back and help out where we can,” said West Hollywood Councilmember Lauren Meister, who is also a member of the West Hollywood City Council’s Subcommittee on Homelessness. “Our City’s Homeless Initiative is guided by our Strategic Initiatives team at City Hall with community partnerships that provide on-site teams at the West Hollywood Library and street teams in the community. We still have a long way to go, but we’re working diligently to make an impact and to help people enter shelter, access substance abuse treatment, and find other needed support.”

As the calendar 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:

Financial Contributions — For people in the community 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 in the City of West Hollywood:

Donations of Non-Perishable Food Items — The City of 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 at https://www.jfsla.org/page.aspx?pid=319.

Donations of New and Gently Used Clothing — The City of 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 youth, 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 Boulevard, from Wednesday, January 2, 2019 until Thursday, January 31, 2019. For more information, please 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 due to their unique 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 — The City of West Hollywood is proud to partner 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. 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 Saturday, May 18, 2019. 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: www.unitedwayla.org/en/news-resources/blog/united-way-greater-l-holiday-gift-guide.

The City’s West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative seeks to effectively address 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, please 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.

For more information, please contact Corri Planck, the City of West Hollywood’s Strategic Initiatives Manager, at (323) 848-6430 or at cplanck@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.

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