United Way

United Way of Greater Los Angeles


Founded in 1887, United Way of America, is one of the country’s largest nonprofit organizations, working with almost 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the United States. Through donations, United Way of Greater Los Angeles has housed 45,000 people, provided 30,000 high school students with real-life work experience, and placed nearly 1,300 veterans in stable employment.

In Los Angeles, United Way has been a leader in addressing homelessness, bringing together the general public, politicians, and the housing industry towards collective action towards ending homelessness. In March 2018, United Way of Greater Los Angeles launched “Everyone In”, a community engagement campaign to end homelessness in Los Angeles, which has grown to over 127k supporters. Everyone In welcomes in anyone who supports housing our homeless neighbors – sign up and learn more about upcoming events at Everyone In’s website.

In addition to Everyone In, United Way has been the force behind several other impactful housing and homelessness initiatives:

  • They helped pass both Prop HHH in 2016 and Measure H in 2017 — securing nearly $5 billion in civic funding over the next ten years.
  • They have raised $34 million in private donations since 2011 through cross-sector partnerships.
  • United Way developed the coordinated entry system (CES) in 2011, which matches homeless residents to housing that fits their needs – the system is now used as the central database countywide by more than 130 homeless service providers.
  • The Home For Good initiative was launched in December 2010 by the Business Leader’s Task Force on Homelessness, a partnership of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The Funders Collaborative, seeded by the Hilton Foundation’s $1 million challenge grant, provides a common table for the leading policymakers and funders, aligning over $1 billion in private philanthropic and public resources toward permanent solutions to homelessness in the past several years.


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