More than 10,000 Angelenos, including members of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s “Team Homeless Heroes,” took part in the United Way’s 2012 HomeWalk 5K Run/Walk Nov. 17 to raise funds to combat homelessness in the Los Angeles area.
The more than 500 members of Team Homeless Heroes are from Los Angeles unions and the team is organized by the L.A. Fed’s AFL-CIO Community Services/United Way partnership. It focuses on the men and women who served our country and who are now facing homelessness. In Los Angeles County alone, more than 51,000 people are homeless and 9,000 of them are veterans.
All money raised through HomeWalk is distributed back into the community to help quickly re-house homeless families and provide permanent supportive housing for the most vulnerable, chronically homeless individuals and veterans. As a result of HomeWalk fundraising over the past five years, 12,000 people have been moved into permanent housing.