United Way of Greater Los Angeles is on a mission to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos by eradicating homelessness.  We’d like you to meet Nikole — she is the reason we walk. 

Many people in Los Angeles are just one paycheck away from homelessness.  Nikole never thought she would end up homeless, but after fleeing an abusive relationship, she had nowhere to go. 

While living out of her car, Nikole discovered she was pregnant.  She sought out a transitional living center for pregnant women.  In that safe haven, she learned about United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ funded partner, Imagine LA.

Imagine LA paired her with a mentor team that provided guidance on budgeting, wellness, career development, and more.  With their help, Nikole moved from temporary jobs to a full time position, and is now able to support herself and her family.




United Way’s core mission is to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos by eradicating homelessness. In addition to relying on a “Housing First” approach, we’ve joined forces with members of the public, private and nonprofit sectors to pursue our goals of:

  • Ending chronic and veteran homelessness through a five-year action plan called Home For Good
  • Reducing the County’s overall homelessness rate by 75% by moving thousands of individuals into permanent housing with supportive services

Together, we can end homelessness.

Permanent housing with supportive services is a proven model for ending homelessness, with a success rate of over 85%. But it takes all of us working together and success starts with you. Please give your money, your time and your voice so we can save thousands of people from a life of hardship on the streets.