For Gabriela Garcia, Everyone In’s deputy director of organizing, it’s personal.
She’s seen people in her own community displaced and forced from their homes. Her dad experienced homelessness recently, despite working a full-time job. And, like many parents in L.A., she worries whether her kids will be able to afford to stay in their hometown.
But it’s not just about one family or one neighborhood. Homelessness is an issue that affects all of us across L.A. and Gabriela works to unite communities, organizations, and individuals, channeling their collective power towards solutions like supportive housing.
“It’s about building power, together,” she says. “You got my back, I got yours.”
Through simple actions, like making phone calls and knocking on doors, we can make extraordinary change. “You sometimes get surprised at the door,” Gabriela says. “People are like, ‘why don’t you come inside.’” Doing that work, building this coalition one neighbor at a time, has already helped to pass legislation and get thousands of supportive and affordable housing units approved for construction. Almost 20,000 people have secured crisis and bridge housing, and last year the homeless population fell for the first time in years.
But we’ve just scratched the surface, and the work continues. Watch the video below to learn more about Gabriela and the organizing team, then sign up for a training. You, too, can speak out until we bring everyone in.