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HUD IX No. 13-51
Gene Gibson
(415) 489-6414
www.hud.gov/california

FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
September 25, 2013

THE UNITED WAY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES RECEIVES HUD SECRETARY’S AWARD
HUD and Council on Foundations honor work of place-based funding organization

WASHINGTON Across the nation, philanthropic organizations and community foundations work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them, often without much recognition for the critical work that they do.  Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, announced the 2013 winners of the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is being recognized for its outstanding partnership with the public sector to improve housing and neighborhoods, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development.  The award was presented at the Council on Foundations’ Community Foundations Conference in San Diego.

"These organizations are doing the heavy lifting to improve neighborhoods, often without much thanks.  Today, we say ‘thank you!’" said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These foundations are teaming up with public and private partners to bring about positive change and lasting solutions that are making a real difference in their communities."

"These awards provide us all a moment to reflect on the good work that foundations are doing to advance communities across the country," said Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. "I am grateful to HUD and Secretary Donovan for recognizing the many different ways that foundations are thoughtfully responding to the needs of those around them." 

Elise Buik, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles said, "Home For Good is a true team effort, so we're thrilled and honored to accept this award on behalf of the more than 100 partners from the nonprofit, public, philanthropic, and business sectors that make up Home For Good. We’ve already made tremendous strides in our first two and a half years, housing nearly 10,000 chronically homeless people and homeless veterans throughout L.A. County." Ms. Buik added, "We are confident that, together, we will end chronic and veteran homelessness in our region."

Project summary: Home For Good launched in December 2010 by United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Home For Good is a five-year plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016. At its core, Home For Good is a collective impact model, engaging public and philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, and business and community members to create extraordinary transformation in our community. The partners are implementing the plan in three major initiatives: (1) Home For Good Funders Collaborative; (2) Coordinated Entry System; and (3) Standards of Excellence.

HUD Secretary Awards are given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.  

Read more about the winners announced today and the HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations.

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The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Council members include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools philanthropic organizations need to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.