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5,000 People Expected to Take a Stand Against Homelessness in 4th Annual United Way HomeWalk on November 13 Los Angeles City Officials & Neighborhood Residents Commit to Ending Homelessness in Their Backyards

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Part of United Way's campaign to end poverty in LA County, HomeWalk is a 5k walk to raise public awareness and fund solutions to end homelessness, an extreme form of poverty.

All money raised from HomeWalk is distributed back into the community to fund permanent housing solutions for homeless Angelenos. Over the last three years, 13,000 people have walked, raising $1.3M and helping over 6,000 WHAT: people off the streets.

LA County has the largest homeless population in the United

WHY/STATS: States

--On any given night, over 48,000 people are homeless in

LA County; 7,400 are veterans

--67% of the homeless population are unsheltered, living

on the streets or in cars

--Number one cause of homelessness is loss of a job; Over

93,000 families in LA County earn less than $10,000 each

year

--40% of homeless population are women and children; 24%

of the homeless population is chronically homeless

--United Way Homeless Cost Study in 2009 found permanent

supportive housing provides a 43% savings for taxpayers

when compared with cost of living on the streets

Thousands of L.A. residents walking to help end

WHO: homelessness, including the following expected officials:

--L.A. County Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas and Zev

Yaroslavsky

--L.A. City Council members Tom LaBonge, Jan Perry and

Dennis Zine

-- Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force members

-- United Way of Greater Los Angeles CEO Elise Buik

WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2010

--8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies and address by city

officials

--9:00 a.m. Walk begins; educational journey on

billboards along the route

-- 10:15 a.m. Walkers finish at a highly-visual eight-

region schematic, and are asked to commit to making change

in their own backyards

WHERE: Exposition Park

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles

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VISUALS: -- Opening remarks and ceremonies

--Educational journey with billboards displaying faces of

homelessness and information all along the route; walkers

committing to making change in their backyards at end of

the route

-- Eight-region neighborhood schematic

--Interviews with local and state officials (see above

list) as well as individuals and families that have been

housed as a result of HomeWalk SOURCE United Way of Greater Los Angeles www.prnewswire.com Copyright (C) 2010 PR Newswire. All rights reserved -0- KEYWORD: California INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEA SUBJECT CODE: PSF

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