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United Way of Greater Los Angeles Kicks Off Initiative to Prevent and End Homelessness With HomeWalk 2007
Date:10/15/2007

is unacceptable that more than 10,000 children are living in Greater Los Angeles without a home," states Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "We are one of this nation's wealthiest cities with over a quarter of a million millionaires and yet we are sadly the nation's homeless capital with 1 in 4 children living in poverty."

While Los Angeles County has the highest homeless population it remains a national epidemic. "On any given day in the United States approximately 754,000 homeless people either live on the streets, in shelters or transitional housing," said Peter Beard of the Fannie Mae Foundation. "We are proud to be a partner with United Way and other organizations for this year's HomeWalk, bringing attention and necessary funds to help so many people in need and reduce the number of people living on the streets."

HomeWalk also supports United Way's newly formed partnership with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) Partners to break the cycle of homelessness in Los Angeles County by providing basic services such as shelter and healthcare linked to affordable housing for people in need. "Homelessness is not a choice and affects more than 70,000 people sleeping on the streets each night; alarmingly 40% are women and children," said Joel Roberts, president and CEO of PATH. "We want HomeWalk to become a highly anticipated yearly event that connects people every day to homelessness, not just on the holidays when folks volunteer to serve meals at Thanksgiving."

The walk will include a homelessness service fair, where participants can meet and volunteer with service agencies that are helping homeless people, and an educational experience featuring the photography of Lynn Blodgett and his new book Finding Grace, the Face of America's Homeless. Blodgett, the CEO of Fortune 500 IT company Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), spent three years visiting skid row areas across America and photographing homeless people,
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