How will HopeTown prevent homelessness?
Firstly, why is HopeTown urgent?
If you are a resident of LA County you will probably not be needing big numbers or a lot of text. You see the brutal effects of homelessness every day on your way to work, school in the parking-lot of your nearest grocery store.
However, let's take a moment and check out some facts:
- 47,000 people from all over the US now live on the streets and under the bridges of LA County. Unfortunately, the numbers are expected to keep growing due to complex economic and social factors;
- Starting 2015, Los Angeles overtook New York City in becoming the US undisputed
"capital" of homelessness by a 3 to 1 ratio;
- 14,000 of those you see every day on the streets are women and girls. This number
will most likely grow, as more minor girls will age out from the foster care system or will
be released from various institutions;
- 27% of the current homeless lived in foster care or group homes as children;
- 33% become pregnant at least once before they turn 17;
- 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within 2 years of their release from state institutions;
- Less than 1 in 5 will graduate from high-school and 1 out of 30 from college;
-At age 19, 60% of former institutionalized youth will be unemployed.
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What will it take to make HopeTown happen?
The overall cost of this endeavor is estimated at $1.5 million. The project has an adaptive, cost-effective design and depending on availability of funds, HopeTown can be fully operational in less than a calendar year. These funds will be used to cover for all the specific costs connected to the implementation of the project (i.e. development costs, acquisitions of assets, contractors, specialized services, subsidized rents and maintenance costs) in its first year of development and operation.
After the first year, the project should become largely self-sustaining, as it's designed not only to generate incomes but we will also partner with local companies willing to hire our residents and support their community. We will make the best use of our dedicated team of professionals and partner organizations who will render specialized services.
And of course, we will definitely need all your support!
Then, you may ask yourself, why aren't homeless women more visible on the streets, as opposed to men? It's simple: because they are afraid. They avoid places with high concentrations of men and they also avoid shelters. Some of them even dress like men to prevent unsavory situations...
Yes, what we have here are new generations of potentially homeless youth. Lost generations. And yes, girls are the most vulnerable. Most of them are put out into the world on their own without any sound guidance, housing, financial assistance or emotional support.
Building on Together's extensive experience in developing cost-effective socio-economic projects in difficult environments around the world (Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and South-East Asia) and our network of highly qualified volunteers, all funds will be transparently used and accounted for at all times.
We now have the oportunity to do something concrete about preventing what has already become a protracted problem in Los Angeles: homelessness. It depends on all of us to leave a positive mark in a world increasingly defined by indifference and cynicism.
We need your donations to reach our funding goal and your voices to spread the word about HopeTown and what it stands for.
Please note that all your donations are tax deductible and a click away: credit or debit through the HopeTown Project dedicated PayPal account (the "I want to help" button above) or by writing a check to "TOGETHER - HopeTown Project" at the address: 310 S Almont Dr., Ste. 202, Los Angeles CA 90048. You can also contact us directly at or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU and let's bring Hope closer to HOME!
What is HopeTown and how will it work?
HopeTown is a pioneering "housing first" project developed by Together for Development, aiming at some of the root causes of homelessness affecting vulnerable young women in Los Angeles. It is designed not only to create affordable housing, but also social and economic integration for homeless women and teenage girls (18+) in the process of being released from the foster care system or other state or federal institutions. In scope and in effect, what we want is to offer 20 young women and girls a fair shot at a normal life.
In short, HopeTown Means: