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In L.A., Homelessness = Silent Death


The Coalition to Preserve LA and the Healthy Housing Foundation powered by AHF (HHF) will memorialize the 1,269 homeless men, women and children who have died in L.A. County in 2017 and 2018 during an emotional vigil starting at 12 Noon, Monday, December 31st, at the First Unitarian Church (2936 West 8th Street, Los Angeles 90005). The number of homeless deaths in Los Angeles County (831 in 2017 alone) now far exceeds the homicide rate (580 in 2017).1

The Coalition and HHF, along with homeless advocates and community members, will join together on New Years Eve to pay tribute to each life lost by reading off individual names and lighting a candle. This is the first time these homeless individuals will be named publicly to honor their difficult lives and passage. Our goal is to send a message to our Southern California communities that every life matters.

WHAT:           Vigil for the 1,200+ homeless who have died in L.A. County in 2017-2018

12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm, Monday, December 31st, 2018 (New Years Eve)


First Unitarian Church, 2936 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005

(between Vermont and Westmoreland Aves.)

Jill Stewart, Director, Coalition to Preserve LA

Rabbi Joel Simonds, Jewish Center for Justice

Winter Speyer, Healthy Housing Foundation

First Unitarian Church lay leader Sonia Trejo

Kaleb Havens, Catholic Workers

Mel Tillekeratne, leader, #SheDoes movement, Skid Row

Carlos Marroquin, leader, Occupy Fights Foreclosures

Travis and Cionna Smith and their 5 children, all residents of Healthy Housing Foundations SOS (Sunrise on Sunset) Motel. Travis & Cionna, and their two older children, Alex Thompson, 14, and Arianna Thompson, 12, will ride on AHFs ˜Another Day in Paradise Rose Parade float spotlighting innovative solutions to L.A.s homeless crisis.

B-ROLL: Candlelight memorial with reading of each of the 1,269 decedents names; interviews with homeless & housing advocates and the Smith/Thompson family; Rose Parade float riders

VIGIL: Ileana Wachtel, Communications Director, Coalition to Preserve LA, 310-702-4240,

AHF/Rose Parade family: Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF, 323-791-5526 cell,


The Healthy Housing Foundation powered by AHF (HHF) is a division of AHF created to immediately address the housing needs of homeless, low-income, and chronically ill individuals, with a focus on sustainable SRO and rental-to-ownership models. HHF owns and operates almost 600 units in the Los Angeles area and is currently developing two housing complexes in South Florida. HHFs motto is Prevent, Preserve, and Produce “ prevent displacement, gentrification, and loss of affordable housing; preserve neighborhoods, historic landmarks, and open spaces in cities; and produce new affordable housing solutions through adaptive reuse and innovative development. To learn more about HHF, please visit our website:, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coalition to Preserve LA is a citywide movement of concerned residents who believe in open government, people-oriented planning, equitable housing, and environmental stewardship of Los Angeles through advocacy and empowering the community.

AHFs ˜Another Day in Paradise Rose Parade Float Spotlights Solutions to L.A.s Homeless Crisis

AHFs entry in the 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda is titled ˜Another Day in Paradise.

The float focuses on AHFs Healthy Housing Foundation and its work over the past year to address the homeless crisis in Los Angeles and across the nation. There are now 55,000 homeless individuals in the 88 cities that comprise Los Angeles County, including 677 homeless in Pasadena.

Riding on AHFs ˜Another Day in Paradise float will be Travis and Cionna Smith as well as Alex and Arianna Thompson, two (2) of their five (5) children, a family originally from West Virginia. The Smiths currently live at the Healthy Housing Foundations Sunrise on Sunset (SOS) motel on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and will be moving to permanent supportive housing in the Koreatown area after the new year.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over one million individuals in 43 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region, and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website:, find us on Facebook:, and follow us @aidshealthcare.

1 LA County:

2017 “     Homicides: 580           Homeless Deaths: 831
2016 “ Homicides: 622 Homeless Deaths: 713
2015 “ Homicides: 592 Homeless Deaths: 613

On site media contact:
, Communication’s Director
Coalition to Preserve LA

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