The Welcome Home Project seeks to engage Angelenos in conversations about homelessness to educate them on the City’s solutions and mobilize them toward action. This project reminds us that homeless Angelenos are not statistics: they are people, with stories, families, and dreams of building a future. By gathering in private homes, community centers, faith-based sanctuaries, and places of business, and talking frankly about homelessness, the Welcome Home Project creates a cultural shift in the way we treat those experiencing homelessness. Angelenos are encouraged to sign-up as volunteer hosts, invite friends, family, and neighbors to a gathering, and guide them through a conversation on homelessness. The Mayor’s Office will supply talking points and reference materials so that hosts are comfortable leading the discussion.
When gathered, participants are invited to take direct action through the creation of a Welcome Home Basket. The host encourages guests to purchase new household items such as a set of dishes, bedding, kitchen-ware, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies prior to the gathering to assemble the basket. Laundry baskets make a great base in which to assemble items into for new apartment dwellers. Assembled Welcome Home Baskets can be dropped off at designated fire stations scattered across the City.
At the end of each gathering, guests can provide their emails at lamayor.org/WHPSignIn to:
- Keep informed about homelessness in Los Angeles
- Connect to volunteer opportunities
- Volunteers register at lamayor.org/WHPRegister to host a gathering.
- Mayor’s Volunteer Corps confirms receipt of registration with an email that includes a Host Handbook as well as the host’s Area Representative contact information
- The Mayor’s Area Representative makes a personal phone call to the volunteer to thank them and offer assistance if they have any questions prior to their gathering