HNTB supports Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Welcome Home Project to address the City’s homelessness crisis

Colleagues and small business partners collect and assemble Welcome Home Baskets for formerly homeless people

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 13, 2016) – HNTB and its small business partners are taking steps to address L.A.’s homelessness crisis through Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Welcome Home Project, his signature civic engagement effort around homelessness. The project educates Angelenos about homelessness and encourages individuals, businesses and community groups to collect essential household supplies for “Welcome Home Baskets” that are delivered to recently housed, formerly homeless individuals and families.

Mayor Garcetti was on hand to kick off the HNTB-hosted campaign event at its downtown Los Angeles office where employees and small business partners collected items, including bedding, kitchen-ware, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and welcome home messages for the recipients, then assembled the baskets. 

“Everywhere I go, people ask how they can help us end the cycle of human suffering in our homelessness crisis,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I created the Welcome Home Project to give Angelenos an opportunity to make a direct impact. The project reminds us that our neighbors in need are not statistics — they are people with stories, families and dreams for the future. I am grateful that, through the efforts and generosity of partners like HNTB, we are building baskets of symbolic and material hope for our formerly homeless brothers and sisters.”

“We are proud to serve as a volunteer host and bring our colleagues together for this important program that aids people moving from homelessness to their own residences,” said Andres Ocon, HNTB Southern California office leader and vice president. “Working collectively with our small business infrastructure partners, we can ensure that even more individuals and families in the city are able to get the help they need to begin their news lives.”   

On Dec. 10, hundreds of Angelenos from around Los Angeles delivered baskets to the new homes of formerly homeless Angelenos. 

The Welcome Home Project aims to educate participants about the city’s homelessness strategy, and mobilize them to act. To date, more than 200 individuals, businesses and community groups have hosted gatherings, where participants package household items into a laundry basket and write messages to the formerly homeless individuals who will receive them.

HNTB has roots to the West since beginning work on Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Bridge in 1914, the firm’s first year of operation, and has since been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs. 

About HNTB 
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. HNTB’s work in California dates back to its founding in 1914. Today, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from eight office locations, currently employing more than 350 full-time professionals. With more than a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit www.hntb.com.

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