“Don’t believe the lie that homelessness is an unsolvable problem. It is completely solvable,” said event co-chair and veteran marketing executive Blair Rich during Thursday night’s “Home Together” event.
Stephanie Klasky-Gamer said that if someone told her a year ago that LA Family Housing would be hosting its second annual virtual fundraiser “Home Together” this week, she would not have believed them. But facts are facts and since the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and homelessness in L.A. is worse than ever, the organization once again took its marquee fundraiser online.
The LA Family Housing president and CEO joined supporters, staff, celebrities, musicians and clients for a 75-minute show the helped to raise money for its services while shining a spotlight on the growing need to help Angelenos find housing and supportive services for long-term stability. Speaking at the top of the show, Klasky-Gamer acknowledged that the year gone by was one of the hardest ones but her team still put in the work.
She said they “ramped up on all fronts” by operating five Project Roomkey sites, distributing PPE, facilitating COVID-19 testing and vaccines to houseless individuals, providing meals and WiFi hot spots for children and families to aid in remote education, and offering mental health support. LA Family Housing also opened three new buildings for temporary and permanent homes since last April, among other initiatives.
“The work is hard but critical in our mission to end…