Why are we fundraising for this cause?
This event seeks to promote not only health and wellness but also awareness of homelessness, poverty, and economic injustice. The coronavirus pandemic has only made more apparent the existing link between health and wealth.
In an article from to the international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, they highlight this connection stating, "While the virus infects people regardless of wealth, the poor will be most affected due to longstanding segregation by income and race, reduced economic mobility, and the high cost of medical care. Low-income communities are more likely to be exposed to the virus, have higher mortality rates, and suffer economically. In times of economic crisis, these vulnerabilities will be more pronounced for marginal groups – identified by race, gender, and immigration status."
In the grand scheme of the fight against homelessness, we need to attend to the health and wellness of our community, in addition to providing them with stable, affordable housing.
About Alexandria House:
Founded in 1996, Alexandria House is a transitional residence and house of hospitality. We provide safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to economic stability and permanent housing. Located in the densely populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, we also serve our broader neighborhood community by providing educational and enrichment opportunities for our neighbors as well as our residents. More than 92% of the women who have moved through the Alexandria House program have succeeded in securing financial stability and permanent housing.