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New Gallup Survey Finds Half of Los Angeles Area Residents Have Taken in a Near-Homeless Person, One-Third Fear Homelessness Themselves
Date:11/14/2007

tical about the local response to homelessness. Only 10% of Los Angeles residents feel that we as a community are doing a "very good job" in dealing with homelessness. Forty-five percent (45%) feel that we are doing "a good job, but more effort is needed," while a quarter said we are doing "a poor job."

Angelenos overwhelmingly support building more housing for the homeless -- 83% of Los Angeles residents agree with the statement, "my community should construct more affordable housing to serve all its citizens." The survey also reveals that 54% of Los Angeles area residents indicate lack of affordable housing is a major cause contributing to homelessness, and 41% believe home foreclosures are a major factor.

Also, residents of Los Angeles are willing to invest their time and resources toward addressing homelessness. 84% say they would make donations to organizations that are working with homeless people, 73% say they would volunteer at an organization that helps the homeless, 64% say they would volunteer to work directly with homeless people, and 58% say the would pay additional taxes to fund programs to help the homeless.

"Clearly, as the Gallup survey shows us, the issue of homelessness is highly important to the people of Greater Los Angeles," said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "That's why United Way and the Fannie Mae Foundation are raising awareness and funds this coming Saturday with HomeWalk, our first annual family 5K walk at Exposition Park. We invite everyone who cares about this critical issue to bring your family and friends and learn how to address poverty and homelessness in our community."

Through Gallup, the Fannie Mae Foundation also polled people in the seven other cities that partnered with the Fannie Mae Foundation to raise awareness and funds through the Foundation's 20th annual Help the Homeless Walkathon on November 17. This year, the Fannie Mae Foundation's Help the Homeless Progra
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