Cutting the Ribbon on Progress

As we said goodbye to May, I was joined by a coalition of LA's leaders in the fight to end homelessness to cut the ribbon on at the Irmas Family Campus, an LA Family Housing project. This location has a special significance for me. Once the home of Northeast Valley Health Corporation, I worked my first job here at age 16, providing HIV tests for homeless individuals during the AIDS epidemic of the early 1990s. 

It is why I am so proud that this location is now home to the first finished project funded by Measure HHH. The amazing Stephanie Klasky-Gamer and her incredible team understand that if we are truly committed to getting children, women, families, and veterans out of the trap of homelessness, we need to go beyond a hot meal or bed for the night. That is why LA Family Housing is the model for how to effectively provide comprehensive homeless services in the SFV and the greater City of Los Angeles. Thank you to Emily Martiniuk for sharing your story with us, and to Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congressman Adam Schiff, LAPD Headquarters, and all who joined us on this special day.