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United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Fannie Mae Foundation Announce 3000 Marchers for HomeWalk 2007
Date:11/13/2007

First-Ever Walk on November 17th will Raise Awareness and Funds to Fight

Homelessness in Los Angeles County - the Homeless Capital of America

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- United Way of Greater Los Angeles today announced that 3000 marchers have signed up to fight homelessness on Saturday morning, November 17, 2007, by participating in the first-ever 5k family walk called HomeWalk in Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles. HomeWalk will engage participants through a unique educational journey bringing to life three personal homeless stories through a series of visual and audio towers. HomeWalk in collaboration with the Fannie Mae Foundation Help the Homeless Program and Walkathon, will take place simultaneously with similar walks and events in Washington D.C. and across six other cities.

"We're heartened by this remarkable outpouring of community support and are extremely excited that over 300 teams from government, businesses, non-profit and faith organizations have registered to walk," said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "Together, we know there is a cure for homelessness -- and thousands of people walking will clearly demonstrate on Saturday that this critically important issue cannot be ignored."

People who want to sign up for HomeWalk can do so by going to the website: http://www.homewalkla.org or by calling 888-243-5752. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 am on Saturday, November 17, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will kick off the event itself at 8:30 am. Registration is $25 for adults; $10 for children 8-15 years old; and free for children under eight. One hundred percent of the HomeWalk proceeds will go to aiding the homeless, since many generous corporate donors have offset the costs of the event itself, generating more than $500,000 in sponsorships.

HomeWalk is a primary initiative of United Way's recently launched Action Plan, which focuses on meeting basic needs like housing and health care in order to reduce poverty. With an estimated 73,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County every night, United Way and its partners are committed to helping thousands of homeless families and individuals find housing and self-sufficiency. Through HomeWalk United Way plans to keep the homeless issue a priority, enlisting residents and businesses in the solution.

Joining United Way and its partners the Fannie Mae Foundation and PATH Partners are sponsors: AIG SunAmerica, Bank of America, The California Endowment, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Deloitte, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Community Partners, Fraser Communications, L.A. Kings, Macy's, NBC Universal, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Staples Center Foundation and Wells Fargo.

About United Way of Greater Los Angeles

United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways out of poverty by focusing on meeting basic needs, improving educational achievement and increasing financial stability for the most vulnerable in our community. Through its research work, United Way identifies the issues and works in partnership with community leaders and supporters to solve them by funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwayla.org.

About Fannie Mae Foundation's Help the Homeless Program

The Fannie Mae Foundation is a private nonprofit organization, supported solely by Fannie Mae, that creates affordable homeownership and housing opportunities across the United States. The mission of the Fannie Mae Foundation Help the Homeless program is to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness and to increase resources for organizations working to prevent and end homelessness across the United States. The Help the Homeless program also fosters volunteerism in service to homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Media Contact:

David Langness

310-566-3621

dlangness@frasercommunications.com


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