Addressing Homelessness - An Overview

This year the topic of the Difference Makers Series is Addressing Homelessness. As we all know, there are many people who currently are living without homes. This past Monday, we learned more about who those people are, how they came to find themselves homeless, and some of what is being done to help them. We welcomed three very special guests for a look at homelessness in Los Angeles.
  • Carla Hall, a Los Angeles Times editorial board member who writes extensively about homelessness, among other topics.
  • Natalia Torregrosa, Community Engagement and Programs Coordinator at LA Family Housing, which helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services.
  • Emily Martiniuk, a resident at LA Family Housing’s Palo Verde Apartments who lived without a home for several years.
Cala Hall gave us an overview of the homelss situation in Los Angeles. Natalia Torregrosa explained supportive housing and the work that LA Family Housing does. Emily Martiniuk told us her story, and about how her life has turned around, thanks to supportive housing.

The students asked wonderfully relevant and compassionate questions of the guests. Way to go, future Difference Makers!
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.