This is our plan to end poverty in Los Angeles. We believe everyone should have a place to call home, access to good jobs and the chance to get a quality education. Here's how:
HOMES: Our goal is to end chronic homelessness by 2016.
Our County has the highest number of homeless veterans in the U.S., and one of the biggest homeless populations in the nation. 40,000 people sleep on our streets every night -- that’s more than the entire population of West Hollywood.
The good news is, we know how to change this. To date, we’ve moved over 14,000 people - including 9,000 vets - into homes and we've learned that it's 43% less expensive to provide someone with a home than it is to leave them on the street.
But we still see homelessness in LA. Join #United4LA and help us change the landscape and end chronic homeless by 2016.
EDUCATION: Our goal is to increase the graduation rate to 85% by 2017.
16,000 students drop out of high school every year in Los Angeles. When a student doesn’t graduate high school, they are less likely to succeed. Because our goal is to see every Angeleno - regardless of where they started - achieve greatness, we know this dropout rate is something that needs to change, and change fast.
Luckily, we know the tools that work: after-school and parent-education programs, and advocacy to make sure schools are serving our students well. To date, we’ve supported more than 48,000 students in Los Angeles to help them stay in school.
However, there’s still more work to do. The graduation rate right now is 77%. With your help, our goal is to get that number to 85%. Join #United4LA to help make it happen.
JOBS: Our goal is to cut the post-9/11 veteran unemployment by 2017.
Los Angeles is one of the most prosperous cities in the world, where dreams are made. So why are 15% of people here living in poverty?
Through our tireless fight to change this, we’ve learned what works. Now we need to get it done. Through comprehensive financial and job skills training for at-risk families and veterans, and by working with community leaders, companies and civic organizations to focus on helping our veterans find and keep jobs, we can end the cycle of poverty. Last year alone, we helped provide free tax preparation services to more than 42,000 families, resulting in an additional $45 million in tax returns.
With your help, by 2017 we can cut veteran unemployment in half and help thousands more families rise out of poverty. Join #United4LA and help us make it happen.