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Homelessness Religious Briefing - KCCD/FACE
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Homelessness Religious Briefing
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  • 08, December

Homelessness Religious Briefing

Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) hosted a religious briefing with mostly Korean pastors and community leaders at the Olympic Station of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to address the issue of homelessness in Koreatown and Skidrow. The briefing was organized by the Office of CA Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de León, in conjunction with KCCD. Participants had a chance to gain insight from the work the LAPD and the LA City Attorney is doing in the local community. They also spent time for Q&A to hear the work of the faith community as well.


Hyepin Im, KCCD President and CEO, welcomed the participants and stated, “Many times the Korean and Asian Pacific Islander (API) community are excluded from important policy decisions. With homelessness being a growing challenge in the state, KCCD is pleased to have worked with Ben Pak and the Office of CA Senator Kevin de León to coordinate this briefing for religious leaders on homelessness. This issue is especially important to the Korean community as many Korean churches are involved in working with the homeless. In addition, homelessness is also prevalent in the Asian community but we manifest it in other ways. We hope that this will be a start of many great collaborations and partnerships in the future between the Korean/Asian religious leaders and the LAPD, LA City Attorney, the state, and other stakeholders to address this growing challenge.”


Ben Pak from the Office of CA Senator Kevin de León, also opened by sharing how homelessness is a problem that needs to be known and everyone must get involved, especially in the Asian community. “I’m hoping that through gatherings like this, we can become more informed and become better partners to combat this issue,” said Ben Pak. “This is my problem. This is my city. This is where my kids will grow up. And I hope members of the community would be more and more involved in this discussion for those reasons.”


KCCD would like to thank Ben Pak for his leadership in organizing this briefing, along with Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney Steve Houchins, and Captain David Storaker of the LAPD Olympic Division for their commitment and organization of tackling homelessness together with the faith community.

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