As part of United Way’s campaign to end poverty in Los Angeles County, the organization is planning to host its seventh annual HomeWalk – a 5K run/walk to raise public awareness and fund solutions to end homelessness, one of the most extreme forms of poverty.
The past six years, nearly 40,000 people have participated – raising more than $3 million and helping move more than 13,000 people off the streets and into housing.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 at Exposition Park, beginning at 7:00 a.m. with registration. The opening ceremony is to start at 8:30. At 9, the 5K begins.
This year, the second in a row, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will match every dollar that is raised by the event.
According to United Way reports, Los Angeles County remains the homeless capital of the nation, with more than 58,000 living without homes. More than one third of the homeless are women and children; 26 percent are chronically homeless. Approximately 43 percent of the homeless population are unsheltered, living on the streets or in cars. Reportedly, 12 percent of the homeless are veterans who risked their lives in service to our country. Permanent housing with supportive services has a proven success rate of 85 percent.
There will be opportunities to interview celebrities and formerly homeless individuals as they complete the course, which will feature interactive stops along the way that are supposed to bring to life what it’s like to live and sleep on the street.
Exposition Park is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles.