Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver, and Venice resident and developer Mark Weinstein were among those honored by Los Angeles Family Housing last week for efforts to end homelessness.
Los Angeles Family Housing is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to help end homelessness.
Villaraigosa received the Los Angeles Family Housing Inspiration Award for approving a $1 billion City of Los Angeles affordable housing bond.
“Los Angeles is not working when mothers and children sleep on our streets,” Villaraigosa said.
Shriver received the 2005 Irmas Award for his work as head of the DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, and Africa) Foundation, which seeks to reduce Third World debt, poverty, and illness.
He commended his mother, Eunice Shriver, for establishing the Special Olympics in 1968 and his father, Sargent Shriver, as the first head of the Peace Corps in 1961.
Shriver said his parents and the Irmas family are “championing seemingly impossible causes.”
The Irmas family is in charge of the Audrey and Sydney M. Irmas Charitable Foundation, which is the chief private supporter of Los Angeles Family Housing.
Audrey Irmas is the Los Angeles Family Housing honorary lifetime director.
Sydney M. Irmas is the late philanthropist and attorney who is credited with rescuing Los Angeles Family Housing in 1984 when the entity was faced with funding issues.
Shriver said that the kind of vision held by the Special Olympics, Peace Corps, and the Irmas Charitable Foundation “will end homelessness here and nationwide.”
“We have empty beds in the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Building, while veterans sleep on the beach in Santa Monica,” Shriver said. “We must change that.”
Weinstein received the Los Angeles Family Housing Legacy Award.
As president of MJW Investments, Weinstein launched a partnership with Los Angeles Family Housing to include 155 affordable housing units at the historic Sears redevelopment project in Boyle Heights.
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