June marks the final month of our program year and I would like to take this time to express my sincere gratitude to each of you. You all provided Home Again assistance in a meaningful way from monetary support to volunteer work to attending our events to donating furniture for a family who has moved back into housing. Home Again is a collaborative response to the homeless crisis in our community; it is each and every one of you bringing hope to those experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness. Although many of you don't get the opportunity to meet the families you are helping, your energy and support from afar is felt by our families. In many cases our families frequently wonder why people donate to Home Again when they don't even personally know the families they are helping. We share with the families the impact and success stories that we relay through these newsletters, emphasizing that donors relate to and choose to be part of the solution. I look back at 2021-2022 and we did so much good together. We successfully served over 200 households who were experiencing homelessness and helped them achieve their goal of increasing income and moving back into housing. We assisted an additional 500+ households with rental assistance through our partnerships with the cities of Glendale and Burbank. Our team was also able to leverage money from the State of California to bring to Glendale and Burbank residents to help them get caught up on their rental arrears. We held a few successful in-person fundraisers including the Empty Bowl and the Burgers, Bourbon and Bowties events. And of course, we changed our name. Home Again LA describes what we do. We bring unsheltered families home again. We provide opportunities for families who have experienced economic disruptions and lost their home. We help provide direction and set goals that lead to housing and stability. Above all, Home Again LA is here and will continue to make positive change. Families need us now more than ever. Just when a family feels like things are looking good by moving back into housing and securing a job, they experience setbacks. Setbacks in the form of increase in gas, food, and housing costs. The Home Again LA team is here to assist with resources, referrals, counseling and more. I look forward to 2022-2023 and working with you all to continue to serve as the beacon of hope that we have become known for.
Albert Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer