I never turn down an opportunity to speak about homelessness. Growing up in Los Angeles and being profoundly saddened by images of people living on the streets from a young age, my life and career have been largely devoted to helping raise awareness about the issue and do whatever I can to help homeless people. Despite the sweltering heat, being 8 months pregnant and turning down an opportunity to see the new Cindy Sherman exhibit with my very favorite relatives visiting from New York City, I knew I had to go to the panel.
While there, and speaking with other filmmakers and activists I learned about Proposition HHH. I was amazed that as a woman who spent nearly 6 years of my life making a documentary film (Without A Home) about the homeless and being pretty politically active and engaged, I had never heard about this extraordinary proposition.
I quickly came to learn that Proposition would allocate $1.2 billion towards permanent and supportive housing for the chronically homeless people of Los Angeles over the next 10 years. After the panel was over, I went up to the LA Family Housing representative and asked "What's being done to get the word out about this proposition? Because if I haven't heard about it then I guarantee you my friends and colleagues, who would support it, haven't heard of it either." I told him I wanted to gather a group of my actor friends in Los Angeles and shoot a PSA to promote awareness about the proposition. I figured if we could get enough people to become aware of it then maybe, just maybe we can get the vote.
So one thing led to another and we created a series of these PSA's. I hope you enjoy them and will take action by sharing them and getting out to vote. As overwhelming as homelessness is, it's important to remember that it's possible to see it come to an end. That when we come together for a cause we believe in, extraordinary things are possible and miracles truly do happen. Here's hoping that enough people read and watch this and help get the word out there to help our brothers and sisters living on the street. The time to act is now. To learn more please visit www.yesonhhh.com and be sure to to turn to the very end of your ballot and VOTE YES ON HHH.
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