Newsletter - Issue 01, June 2018
June 20, 2018

From Our Executive Director

Michael Foley

Greetings! Welcome to the inaugural HomeAid Los Angeles Newsletter.

Today in Los Angeles County, there are still more than 40,000 people living in vehicles or sleeping on the streets. HomeAid Los Angeles delivers a unique solution to this acute crisis.

Through the capabilities and generosity of the Los Angeles (LA) development community, including home builders, trade partners, financial institutions and others, HomeAid LA is able to marshal design, engineering, labor and materials, and project management resources and bring them to LA's homeless service care providers to build new or renovate existing facilities serving the homeless.

Thanks to our builder captains, donors and supporters, HomeAid LA is gaining significant momentum. In partnership with Lennar Homes, HomeAid LA added 12 beds for domestic violence victims at the WomenShelter of Long Beach. On April 18, HomeAid LA broke ground on a 62-bed Recuperative Care Center (in partnership with the National Health Foundation and etcoHOMES), which will house homeless men and women discharged from the hospital. HomeAid LA now has projects in preliminary development in the heart of Los Angeles, Long Beach and the Santa Clarita Valley.

Thank you for standing with HomeAid LA as we help build new lives and hope.

HomeAid LA and National Health Foundation Break Ground on Recuperative Care Center for LA's Homeless

This project sets a new standard for the homeless who need a safe place to heal once discharged from the hospital. On April 18, HomeAid LA and National Health Foundation (NHF) officially broke ground on a new 62-bed recuperative care project in the Pico-Union neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.

This life-saving project is being developed through the volunteer leadership of Bob Etebar, Laura Le and the entire team at etcoHOMES, which serves as HomeAid LA’s project Builder Captain.

Every day, hundreds of homeless individuals enter hospitals across LA County. Many remain in the hospital unnecessarily at great expense. Even more are released back to the streets, where it is often impossible for them to recuperate appropriately and receive the help they need. Recuperative care shelters are a crucial solution to this problem. By placing ambulatory patients in shelters equipped with nursing support, clinic services and behavioral health care, each patient can recover properly, with access to supportive services that can help deliver them from homelessness to housing.

Pico-Union neighborhood Groundbreaking ceremony launches 62-bed recuperative care facility reconstruction project for the homeless. From left to right: Bob Etebar, President, ectoHOMES; John Baackes, CEO, LA Care; Erik Pfahler, HomeAid LA Board Chair; Michael Foley, HomeAid LA Executive Director; Kelly Bruno, CEO, National Health Foundation; Michael Hunn, National Health Foundation Board Chair.

“Recuperative care is one of the most crucial solutions to ending homelessness. At the National Health Foundation Recuperative Care Center, homeless men and women will be able to leave the hospital, have a safe place to recover, and will have the opportunity to move from homelessness to housing rather than suffering in the streets.” HomeAid, through etcoHOMES, and the generosity and power of the Building Industry, is launching a complete remodel of this beautiful, 13,000 square foot building that was constructed in 1911, polishing this jewel for both our homeless neighbors and our neighbors in Pico-Union.”

Kelly Bruno, National Health Foundation CEO

HomeAid LA and Lennar Homes Create More Beds for Domestic Violence Victims

Today, twelve more women and children have safe refuge thanks to HomeAid LA and Lennar Homes. At no cost to WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB), Lennar Homes and the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation converted three storage rooms to bedrooms, enabling WSLB to now serve upwards of 140 additional people in need each year.

Lennar's subcontractors who donated to the project include Paragon Framing, SoCal Framing, Reliable Lumber, West Coast Paint & Drywall, Schamber Electric, Vintage Flooring, Next Level Door & Trim, and Talley Metal Fabricators.

HomeAid Care Day: Beds and furnishings for the WomenShelter of Long Beach project were assembled by volunteers from Fuscoe Engineering.

“Our shelter is looking so much better and we have significantly more room for people in need of our services after all the work you and Lennar did. Amazing!!”

Mary Ellen Mitchell, WomenShelter of Long Beach Executive Director

Shea Homes and West Valley YMCA Members Deliver 500 HomeAid Care Kits

The HomeAid LA Care Kit program is a hands-on outreach effort where volunteers donate, assemble and distribute packages filled with basic personal care items for our homeless neighbors living on the streets. With a Care Kit in hand, volunteers find a homeless person living nearby and offer the gift of a Care Kit.

Over the holidays, employees of Shea Homes and members of the West Valley YMCA gathered socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, deodorant, soap, shampoo and other basic care items with the goal of building 400 Care Kits. Over 30 volunteers, seniors, families, teens and children came together at the YMCA and packed the kits on a misty night before Christmas. Together they packed 500 Care Kits that were made available for members to distribute. All 500 kits were given out to the homeless in less than one week!

HomeAid Care Kit drives are a great way for corporations and civic groups to build stronger teams and stronger communities while bringing friendship to our homeless neighbors.

Volunteers from Shea Homes and members of the West Valley YMCA gathered to pack and distribute HomeAid Care Kits for their homeless neighbors living on the streets.

“The project was a major success and we developed a new partnership with HomeAid Los Angeles and have engaged members in volunteering in the community. Many of the volunteers brought their kids, which was very educational for them to understand the importance of giving back. We worked outside, and it even began to rain slightly, and nobody left.”

Andrew Iwanski, YMCA Program Director

Upcoming Events

“An Evening Under The Stars”
HomeAid LA Gala
Thursday, October 25 – 6 to 9 pm
The CenterPointe Club at Playa Vista

HomeAid LA & National Housing Foundation Dedication Event
Fall 2018

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