HOW… HOUSING WORKS
2021 ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Housing Works’ Annual Fundraising Event celebrates our collective commitment to ending the revolving door of homelessness by helping people secure and retain safe, decent affordable housing.
TOM McGUINESS COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Tom McGuiness Community Leadership Award is presented each year to individuals or groups that embody the spirit of community and respect for each person as we do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to fulfill our mission to create housing options for people with limited resources. Tom was a founding board member of Housing Works; the extraordinary example of his spirit is memorialized in this award.
The Economic Roundtable is a nonprofit urban research organization that creates knowledge for the common good. Its mission is to conduct research and implement programs that are a force for systemic change and empower marginalized and vulnerable individuals to live better lives. The Roundtable’s work centers on combating homelessness. This includes understanding the diversity and individuality of people experiencing homelessness and providing tools for intervening early with intensive help for individuals who are likely to become persistently homeless.
HOUSING WORKS HERO AWARD:
Hollywood Food Coalition
Hollywood Food Coalition (HoFoCo) has provided hunger relief to unhoused and food-insecure neighbors through hot, high-quality meals served every single night of the year, without fail, since 1987. HoFoCo’s mission is to feed and serve the immediate needs of the hungry every night of the year so they can build better lives. Our vision is a city where everyone has food, community, and support, which we achieve through three core programs: Community Dinner, Community Wellness, and Community Exchange.
The Community Dinner program serves meals every night of the year to 150-300 guests per night, with more than 65,000 meals served in 2020. We serve any hungry person, with no exclusionary intake or prohibitive requirements that would turn them away. Each year, the Community Wellness program distributes thousands of articles of clothing, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, laundry vouchers, hygiene kits, and more, and we partner with other nonprofits that regularly provide supportive services for our clients. Lastly, the Community Exchange program, a food-rescue and redistribution hub, is developing a concierge model designed to provide small- to medium-sized nonprofits with the food they need, when they want it, so they can focus on their missions. Our careful recipient intake and feedback process, paired with our innovative food rescue inventory system, allows us to redirect resources more precisely to communities throughout L.A. County.
TRUTH TELLER AWARD:
Dr. Alisa Orduña
Alisa Orduña has been a practitioner, policy analyst, collaborator and thought leader in the urban community development field for the past 25 years. It is her life mission to re-imagine neighborhoods as beloved communities where residents of all diversity have a sense of belonging and resources to thrive. During her career, she has worked on the cutting edge of policy formation and change management in neighborhood development and homelessness services in both the public and nonprofit sectors in major cities including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, CA
Alisa entered into the homelessness policy field after serving as a program manager at a large family homeless provider in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The People’s Emergency Center. She then joined the Office of Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, as Director of Special Projects leading the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) for West Philadelphia while also coordinating and advancing resources for homelessness services. Alisa returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 2011 where she has since been at the forefront of homelessness policy and has influenced regional-wide strategies including the passage of Prop HHH a city housing bond, advocating for alternatives to police response to mental health and homelessness related calls, and the integration of technology to streamline field-based homelessness outreach programs.
Alisa led this work through prominent roles at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and most recently the City Manager’s Office in the City of Santa Monica. She has served on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Ad-Hoc Committee on Women Experiencing Homelessnessand on the Ad-Hoc Committee of Black People Experiencing Homelessness. Alisa is well-respected in the field and is a sought-after speaker on homelessness including appearances for the National League of Cities, UCLA, and Otis College. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Urban Voices Project and volunteers on the Policy Committee for the Downtown Women’s Center. After a COIVD-19 related layoff in May 2020, Alisa harnessed her experience and launched her own community development consulting firm, Florence Aliese Advancement Network, LLC
To enhance her work, Alisa pursued and completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research centered on the creation of an Afro-Feminine Indigenous cultural framework to create meaning to the phenomenon of Black people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.
She is a graduate of Pasadena High School, Xavier University of Louisiana (BA-English), the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (MPIA- Social and Economic Development), and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PhD and MA-Depth Psychology with a specialization in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychology).
Title Sponsor: THE ROBERT R. SPRAGUE FOUNDATION
Empowerment Sponsor: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY
Retention Sponsor: PACIFIC WESTERN BANK
Outreach Sponsor: LINDA AND MATT PEACORE
LINDA AND MATT PEACORE
Outreach Sponsor: HOWARD SELLER AND ROD STEPHENS
HOWARD SELLER AND ROD STEPHENS