Homeless is a symptom of the cumulative impact of a number of factors such as the lack of affordable housing, unemployment/low wages, inadequate resources to support mental illness, addiction, post-incarceration, and systematic failures. The root causes of homelessness reflect an intricate interplay between several of these factors. While issues are complex and reasons vary, the increasing numbers of homelessness reflect a serious societal issue.
The Wealth By Health Foundation works in partnership with local government agencies, organizations, and community leaders to provide essential resources. We believe that collaborative participation in a community is imperative in reducing homelessness.
While systems need to be changed to prevent homelessness, immediate aid is always needed to the 66,436 people in Los Angeles County currently experiencing homelessness. The Wealth By Health Foundation provides and serves hot meals to homeless people on Skid Row to help them sustain proper nutrition for survival. We hope to share life-changing hope to those in need and support our community programs.
Volunteers in the kitchen prepping fruits for the homeless
Dinner prepared and served by Wealth By Health at the Los Angeles Mission
Hot meals prepared and ready to serve.
According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), 2020 experienced a 12..7% rise in homelessness despite a sustained increase in the number of people rehoused. This year’s homeless count also revealed that two-thirds of the unsheltered adults experiencing homelessness were homeless for the first time last year— 59% of them cited economic hardship as the main cause. The homeless crisis is such a deeply rooted issue, clearly demonstrating the failures of larger safety net systems.
The Wealth By Health Foundation outlined a few main long-term programs to prevent homelessness and empower currently homeless individuals to get back on their feet.
Programs include financial workshops for basic personal finance education, job-skills training for a path towards employment and self-sufficiency, and support resources in areas of mental health, addiction, and post-incarceration.