L.A. County Board of Supervisors Candidates Pitch Ideas to Tackle Housing, Homelessness and Child Welfare Challenges at Jan. 31 Forum

LOS ANGELES - Jan. 27, 2020 - PRLog -- Candidates for the second district seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will discuss the role of the county's critical safety net programs at a community forum on Friday, Jan. 31, in South Los Angeles.

As L.A. County struggles to meet the challenges posed by a rising tide of homelessness, increasingly unaffordable housing and the nation's largest locally run foster care system, four candidates will discuss their positions at a nonpartisan forum hosted by Southern California Grantmakers, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and The Chronicle of Social Change.

The forum will take place on the campus of Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Confirmed participants include lawyer Jake Jeong, State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, former L.A. City Councilmember Jan Perry and L.A. City Councilmember Herb Wesson.

Participants will have the opportunity to outline their plans for L.A. County's most vulnerable residents—from children and youth in its foster care and juvenile justice systems to those experiencing homelessness and at risk of displacement as a result of the county's affordable housing crisis.

L.A. County's five-member Board of Supervisors oversees a $36.1 billion budget, nearly half of the which goes to critical health and human services.

"Active civic engagement is vital to the wellbeing of communities. Southern California Grantmakers is honored to co-host this candidate forum, as we share with all Los Angeles County residents concerns over housing, homelessness and child welfare," said Christine Essel, president and CEO of Southern California Grantmakers. "Representing a community of grantmakers deeply invested in healthy partnerships between philanthropy and government, we look forward to learning from candidates on strategies to tackle critical issues impacting our county."

"While Los Angeles is confronting an unprecedented housing and homelessness crisis, we are making vital progress every day, from approving and building thousands of supportive housing units to connecting more people to our services," said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "To continue this work, we need strong leadership, and we need to hear the types of solutions candidates will support and fight for, if elected."

"Whoever wins this race will have incredible power to change the life trajectories of the more than 30,000 children currently impacted by the child welfare system," said Daniel Heimpel, publisher of The Chronicle of Social Change. "This forum will give voters a chance to gauge who has a plan for the county's most vulnerable children and families, and who does not."

Forum sponsors include the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, Achieving America Family Foundation, California Community Foundation, Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Register at bit.ly/LACountyForum

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