At every Engage L.A., we challenge ourselves to answer one simple question: how can we make lasting change? Through this series we’ve tackled everything from domestic violence to community college, and vocational training to volunteerism. But today, we know there is one crisis that demands our most immediate attention, and our most urgent solutions: homelessness.
That’s why this month, Getty House Foundation convened affordable housing industry leaders, developers, architects, and scholars to talk with Mayor Eric Garcetti about some of the innovative work being done to bring homeless Angelenos indoors. This conversation comes as the City prepares to roll out the Prop HHH Housing Challenge — a program that will fund innovative production and financial models that can quickly bring the housing we need to the crisis on our streets. “Without a doubt, it’s going to take every ounce of our collective energy, resources, and compassion to turn the tide,” said First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland. “But this work is not for the faint of heart — and I absolutely know that Angelenos are not faint-hearted.”
While the City is ramping up its investments across the board — including the creation of the Mayor’s brand-new Office of Homelessness Initiatives and its dedicated Housing Team — the purpose of Engage L.A. is to invite Angelenos like yourselves to join us in this fight. Go to LAMayor.org/HelpHomelessAngelenos to learn more about how you can help us make lasting change, today.
Panelists and Speakers
- Carole Galante, Faculty Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley
- Audrey Handelman, Senior Associate, Gensler
- Monique King-Viehland, Executive Director, Los Angeles Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the County of L.A.
- Sharon Lee, Executive Director, Low Income Housing Institute (Seattle)
- Ben Winter, Chief Housing Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
The sun may have been hiding, but that didn’t stop 300 middle-school girls from playing their hearts out with us at the Getty House Foundation’s annual Title IX Day celebration. Supported by Getty House Foundation and the LA84 Foundation, Nike sponsored and powered this event to celebrate the landmark legislation that helped put women’s sports on the map. Nike supplied the basketballs, soccer balls, and yoga mats— while the students brought their A-game, and showed us all what “girl power” really looks like.
After warming up for their circuit rotations, the girls were treated to a visit by Paralympian track star Scout Bassett, whose story of perseverance and heart had us all on our feet. Together with First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland’s reflection on growing up in the early days of Title IX, these stories were powerful reminders that when we double-down on our commitment to getting more girls on our courts and fields — especially those in our most underserved communities — there’s no limit to what they can achieve. And through Girls Play L.A., Los Angeles has done just that, doubling the number of girls who play sports at the City’s Recreation and Parks centers in just two short years — making today’s activities accessible to young Angelenos in every neighborhood. To learn more about girls’ sports programming in your community, visit https://www.laparks.org/sports/gpla.
For the sixth year in a row, the Getty House Foundation gathered the faith leaders who bind our city together to celebrate the National Day of Prayer — a time for hope, healing, and unity. The spirit of optimism that gives L.A. its strength was out in full force, as the world-famous Angel City Chorale stole the show with an electrifying rendition of Baba Yetu, the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, and Reverend Najuma Smith Pollard of Word of Encouragement Community Church delivered a moving keynote that had the entire audience on its feet.
But there was work to be done, too. This year, we gathered to recommit ourselves to leading a city defined by opportunity and prosperity, where every Angeleno can find meaning in the dignity of work. As community leaders, it is our job to make sure that the spirit of optimism that powered this event lifts up all of L.A. — because our strength is derived from the families who live, labor, and pray in our city. Today we once again pledged to put our faith and support in these hardworking Angelenos, knowing that they will help us build the Los Angeles of tomorrow.
The recent tragedies that have rocked our nation’s faith communities were not forgotten. Our hearts go out to the Chabad of Poway synagogue, and to congregations around the world who have been struck by devastating loss over the past few months. We pray that you find strength in the love and support of others during these trying times.
- Aziza Hasan, Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
- Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles, Senior Rabbi at Temple Isaiah
- Fr. Juan Jose Ochoa, Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
- Rev. Najuma Smith Pollard, Pastor at Word of Encouragement Community Church
- Father Arturo Corral, Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church