Los Angeles- Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Janice Hahn and a coalition of nearly 250 homeless service providers, community representatives and business leaders joined together to watch the Measure H election returns in Downtown Los Angeles.
“We didn’t do this because we thought it would be easy. We did this because of our sense of duty, purpose, and obligation to those who need our help. There is nothing I can think of that is more morally compelling than ending homelessness in Los Angeles County,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
“I’ve worked on a lot of campaigns in my life, but Measure H has been the most inspiring cause I have ever been a part of. Measure H is about helping people, many of whom we will never even meet. Measure H says everyone has a name. Everyone has a family. Everyone deserves dignity and respect,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn.
“People have been waiting for decades for us to respond. United Way will be here however long it takes, whatever it takes to finish the job,” said Chris Ko, Director of Homeless Initiatives, United Way.
Measure H will help people across L.A. County, including women and children, veterans, and those with mental illness get the help they need and break the cycle of poverty. It will end homelessness for 45,000 families and individuals within 5 years and prevent homelessness for 30,000 families and individuals over the same period. Measure H is a dedicated revenue source that can only be spent on ending and preventing homelessness in L.A. County over the next 10 years.