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Homelessness

The homelessness crisis has gripped Los Angeles and affects all of us. BOMA/GLA recognizes that combating this issue is a priority for our members. We also understand that knowing how to help or what to do is difficult to grasp when a social crisis is of this magnitude.
With that in mind, BOMA/GLA teamed up with an organization we believed could make the biggest impact in helping to solve this crisis: The People Concern.
Together we created, BOMA Cares "Hands Together", an initiative for our organization to ban together and collectively work towards combating this ever-growing issue through food and clothing drives, community events to assemble or serve lunches, prepare hygiene kits, and finally, fundraising towards the fight to end homelessness.

But our plans to make a difference were stopped in their tracks in March 2020.  As the world was thrown into a new challenge with the pandemic, our friends at The People Concern have continued to serve the over 66,000 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. Through strict sanitation and social distancing practices they have been able to keep all of their facilities open and operating, including their public showers and laundry services in both Santa Monica and on Skid Row.

They took on the challenge of operating 2 Project Roomkey sites, partnering with hotel owners and the county to place unhoused people at high risk of COVID-19 into unoccupied hotel rooms so they could effectively isolate like the rest of us. This was a win for the hotels who had lost business to the pandemic, but found a way to help people in need and recover some of their lost income at the same time but The People Concern and the people they serve are severely in need now.
As the needs continued in 2020, we wanted to do our part and so we created the Run/Walk/Bike Challenge "Combatting Homelessness Mile by Mile, a virtual experience that made a difference.  All registration fees and optional donations went directly to The People Concern to continue their efforts.
But the work is not done.  In 2021, as the world opens up, we want to resume our partnership with The People Concern by working together to form opportunities for volunteering.  There are many ways we can help through raising funds, drives and packing lunches and/or eventually working with shelters to serve lunches.
We will continue to update you on the initiative "Hands Together" as orders lift and it is safe to resume volunteering.
IT'S TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Hands Together.
If you would like to learn more about The People Concern, please contact our BOMA/GLA rep, Josh Hertz at [email protected] or 323-334-9000 ext. 415