Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Los Angeles County Labor Federation Tackles Poverty and Homelessness

Los Angeles County Federation President Yvonne Wheeler, left, and U.S. Sen. Laphonza Butler at the LA County Fed Summit on Poverty and Homelessness.

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The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor recently hosted a Summit on Poverty and Homelessness. Hundreds of labor, political and community leaders called for real policy change to help working families tackle the affordability crisis.

“We must address the issue of structural working poverty if we ever hope to emerge from the homelessness and poverty crises,” said LA County Labor Federation President Yvonne Wheeler. “It is simply unacceptable that working people are working paycheck to paycheck but still can’t afford to pay the rent. We look forward to locking arms with our elected leaders so we can work together to make meaningful change to address poverty and homelessness in our communities head-on. We understand tenants’ struggle. Their fight is our fight. We can only solve this crisis when we work together, and that’s the goal of our Summit on Poverty and Homelessness.”