Thursday, December 27, 2007

Helping the Homeless Year Round

LA Mission
Originally uploaded by CD-13
This holiday season Los Angeles got an early present in the form of $72 million from the federal government for shelter funding to serve the homeless and help to lift them out of poverty. For more than a decade, this program has given millions of dollars to organizations that provide people with a place to stay, help to pay the rent, provide job training, rehabilitation for substance abuse, and much more.

After announcing these new funds with Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilmember Janice Hahn at the Los Angeles Mission, we joined volunteers from across the city in serving food and handing out gifts to homeless families and children. During the holidays, we’re all reminded of the tremendous number of people in need – but for those who are homeless, those needs don’t end once Christmas is over. The return of the shelter plus care program will help thousands of people get back on their feet and find a brighter future.