More Than 500 Homeless Expected at Proyecto Ayuda 2010 in East L.A.

Dec 06, 2010, 10:00 ET from Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angelas

Volunteers of America hosts community event December 9th:  Over 60 agencies join forces to provide a one-stop shop for homeless individuals and families.

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There are an estimated 5,000 homeless people on any given night in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles. Widespread foreclosures, the demands of returning veterans, and the reduction of federal funding for affordable housing create constant challenges. Dealing with the problem requires intervention not only by government but also community agencies.

Proyecto Ayuda (Project Help), a day-long, free event, was developed by the Volunteers of America (VOALA) Strengthening Families program, with the support of other agencies and community partners, to meet the needs of individuals and families in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles and surrounding communities who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness.   Proyecto Ayuda provides help on the spot. By bringing community members and agencies together in one place, people can access the assistance they need to get - or keep - them and their children off the street.

Proyecto Ayuda is a not a service fair or a referral event . . . it's an innovation - fusing political and civic will in a one-day, one-stop array of resources to provide the hospitality and the support to create a trajectory out of homelessness.  It's a new way of doing business, focused on immediacy and results for our homeless neighbors, that will change the way resources are accessed and achieve quantifiable results for people experiencing homelessness.

Local agencies and providers will be on hand to provide services to adults, youth, children, families, seniors and veterans. Services will include: Housing, Shelter, and Employment Assistance, Free Medical, Dental, and Chiropractor Exams, Mental Health Services, Legal Services, Foreclosure and Tenants' Rights Assistance, as well as food and clothing distribution. This special day also aims to combat stereotypes about the homeless and help dispel the stigma associated with homelessness.

WHAT:

Proyecto Ayuda, hosted by Volunteers of America, is a collaboration of


county agencies, local businesses, non-profits, faith-based agencies,


and other community members joining forces to provide resources and


referrals to more than 500 homeless or nearly homeless people.



WHEN:

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 9, 2010



WHERE:

Volunteers of America Los Angeles


(The old Boyle Heights Social Security Building)


240 Breed Street


Los Angeles, CA 90033





About Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA)

Volunteers of America Los Angeles (http://www.voala.org) was established in 1896 by the son and daughter-in-law of the founder of The Salvation Army. The first L.A. operations included a Mission Hall, a home for orphaned children, and a prison reform crusade.  Today VOALA serves more than 8,500 Angelinos every week in 42 programs at 85 sites throughout Greater Los Angeles.  All programs are designed to encourage positive development, promote self-sufficiency, and foster independence for children, youth, families, seniors, and veterans living in poverty and individuals challenged with homelessness, addiction, disabilities, and incarceration.

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOALA retains the essence of their founders' spiritual and social legacy with a broader scope of support and services for all, regardless of race, gender, age or religious preference.  

SOURCE Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angelas