Who are the homeless? What are the causes of the current epidemic of homelessness? What is being done about it, and how can local community members help?
These questions will be addressed at a Community Forum hosted by the Temple Akiba Tikkun Olam Committee and the Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance. The Forum will be Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City 90230. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Controller, will provide opening remarks. Panel participants include Chelsea Byers, Field Organizer for the Everyone In Campaign of United Way; Matthew Tecle, Field Deputy to Councilman Mike Bonin; Emily Martiniuk, a person formerly homeless; Mark Lipman, member of the Culver City Homelessness Committee; and Danny Pepper, Director of Resident Services, West Hollywood Community Housing Corps. Representatives of local nonprofit organizations will have tables with information and opportunities to help.
According to Ira Diamond, Temple Akiba President and a member of the Culver City Homelessness Committee, “We want to put a human face on homelessness, educate our temple and community members, and provide them with resources, information and opportunities to get involved.”
Organizations with resource tables include the Culver City Interfaith Alliance, The Power of a Shower, Safe Place for Youth, Everyone In, Upward Bound House, West Hollywood Community Housing Corps, PATH People Assisting the Homeless, Shoes for the Homeless and St. Joseph Center.