Homeless Voices to Take Center Stage

A homeless encampment near the 110 Freeway in Northeast Pasadena.

MID-WILSHIRE—Mayor Eric Garcetti will join a variety of storytellers when they share their personal experiences of successfully overcoming homelessness at an event on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles.

Organized by supportive housing advocates Marilyn Wells and Allison Schallert in partnership with the Ebell, the event, Stories from the Frontline: Ending Homelessness through Supportive Housing, will explore the journeys of those who have been homeless—and those who work to help them—through first person narratives, similar to a Story Slam.

“The goal of this evening,” said Schallert, “is to introduce our community to supportive housing and their successful residents through a thoroughly engaging evening of storytelling.”

Permanent supportive housing is long-term, affordable housing with on-site supportive services— including job training and medical assistance—for the chronically homeless or disabled.

Speakers will include advocates from CSH Speak Up! who will share their stories of how they personally overcame homelessness and a mentor from Imagine LA who will discuss their work with a homeless family. Two young recipients from A Sense of Home—an organization that helps emancipated foster youth create their own homes—will perform spoken word and music.

“Things happen in people’s lives—loss of a job, a disability, domestic violence— that can lead to homelessness,” said Wells, “but they can recover and become good neighbors.”

Tommy Newman, the Director of Public Affairs for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, will also be on hand to discuss steps Angelenos can take to help get voter-approved funding for the homeless put into action.

Stories from the Frontline: Ending Homelessness through Supportive Housing, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 South Lucerne Blvd., Reception at 6:30 p.m., Program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20, $10 with student I.D., Food and drinks (no host bar) will be served. ebelleventtickets.com, (323) 931-1277, x 131

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