Hope Mission Receives a Nod in Congressional Record


A May 8th Congressional Record entry notes Hope Mission VIP cycling 3,500 miles to raise funds & details $4 million+ accumulative Federal distribution to Hope, sourced by taxpayers

Federal Money distributed to Hope Mission according to the statement by the local Congressman in the Congressional Record | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

  • $2 million - homeless services
    • Fiscal Year 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Bill
    • $2.7 billion for Homeless Assistance Programs, an increase of $541 million above fiscal year 2022.
  • $2million - mental health services
  • $<1million - modular housing

It should be noted Los Angeles City Councilman John Lee, representing the West San Fernando Valley, has also touted he secured $6 million for Hope Mission

Conversely significant private donations include

  • Richard and Michelle Gallagher donate $2.1 million enabling 
    • Regional state-of-the art kitchen to open in North Hills Feb 8, 2024
    • The facility to provide 5 million meals for the poor each year
    • Culinary training for program participants to secure employment in the food industry
  • Alex Trebek and his wife Jean donated $500,000 before the Jeopardy! host passed away in 2020 & $100,000 earlier in 2020 on-the-spot while touring a North Hollywood facility in construction.
    • The Trebek Center, a 107-bed bridge housing facility opened in Feb 2024
    • Intended to help homeless people transition to permanent residences.
    • "Hope of the Valley credits the Trebeks' generosity as the driving force behind their successful mission to raise an additional $2 million from private donors
    • The $100,000 donation aided in construction of an 85-bed shelter in North Hollywood

    Hope the Mission has more than 30 facilities in Southern California. They target poverty, hunger and homelessness with a agenda of "housing first" and “pursuing immediate assistance and long-term solutions.”

    • Tiny home villages
    • Shelters
    • Thrift stores statewide 
    • Their new kitchen in North Hills will offer culinary training

    The text of the Congressional Record:

    From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


    (Mr. <mark>SHERMAN</mark> asked and was given permission to address the House for
    1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
    Mr. <mark>SHERMAN</mark>. Mr. Speaker, over the past 8 weeks, my friends, Ken and
    Rowan, have peddled 3,500 miles across this country to address the
    national homeless crisis and to raise funds to provide homes.
    Founded 15 years ago in the San Fernando Valley, Hope the Mission has
    grown to become the largest rescue mission in the country, operating 23
    interim housing shelters with 2,700 beds and serving over 3 million
    meals annually.
    Hope will be adding 11 new projects in 2025, including five permanent
    supportive housing sites. I might point out that they are able to
    provide these housing sites at less than a quarter of the cost done by
    local government in the Los Angeles area.
    Hope works to treat the unique needs of the housing insecure,
    operating shelter sites for families and for other victims of domestic
    violence, offering mental health services as well as shelter.
    Ken and Rowan have put their bodies on the line more than once, not
    only bicycling across the country, but they also lived for 4 days on
    the streets. They also lived for 4 days in a car, and they previously
    ran to Las Vegas from Los Angeles.
    I look forward to continuing to support Hope's efforts. I hope my
    colleagues, particularly in the Los Angeles area, do so as well. I am
    pleased to have secured $2 million for them for homeless services, another $2
    million for mental health services, and just this year almost a million
    to provide modular affordable housing.

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