Updated 8/15/22 at 2:22pm - Recording now available to watch on demand!
We hope to see you at the next Weekly Community Conversations call! As a reminder, the former Monday and Friday calls have now been combined into this ONE (50 minute) weekly call that will take place every Monday at a NEW time: 11AM PT/2PM ET.If you haven't already done so, register now.This Monday, August 15, join @Dianne Prado, Executive Director of Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.), as they present on housing equity and advocacy.According to the 2020-2021 National Pet Owners Survey, about 85 million people in the United States (70%) are pet owners. Over 70% of a person's income goes towards paying either rent or their mortgage. Housing and pet ownership are interrelated as our pets are part of the family- to house ourselves is to house our pets. [10/30/23 Update received from World Animal Foundation: According to the latest research and data of 2023-2024, 86.9 Million US Households Owns a Pet, Which Accounts for 66%.]The definition of a pet requires a human owner and as such we can't fail to consider the barriers a pet owner faces when finding housing. This conversation will focus on the housing rights of tenants with pets and how animal welfare advocates can be a part of ensuring housing is a right for both the person and their companion animal.
About HEART L.A. - Keeping People & their Pets HousedHousing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.), is a nonprofit public interest law firm that provides technical assistance, education, and policy advocacy to keep people and their companion animals housed.Many individuals and families are being forced out of their homes due to having pets. New owners or deceitful managers use the threat of eviction to force out long-term tenants from rent-controlled properties so they can increase the rent. Heartbroken and desperate, these people believe they have no choice but to surrender their beloved pets to a shelter. In almost every circumstance, the threat of eviction was illegal. With the growing housing crisis in Los Angeles no one should be illegally evicted because of their companion animal.HEART L.A. is here to help you and your companion animal remain housed in a safe and healthy environment and to advocate for legislation that breaks down barriers for tenants with pets looking for housing. - https://www.heartla.org/
This post will be updated with the recording if you're unable to attend live. Additionally, Maddie's Fund will be giving away up to $10,000 in grants each month! You can enter to win each time you attend a call or watch it on demand during the month by completing the giveaway drawing entry forms that will be shared in the chat during the calls.See you Monday!
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Patricia Gomez, the Asst. Outreach Manager with the World Animal Foundation, reached out to us to share some updated statistics about Pet Ownership in the US: "Based on our most recent data of 2023, these figure has been updated, and According to the latest research and data of 2023-2024, 86.9 Million US Households Owns a Pet, Which Accounts for 66%." You can find out more about the new research stats on the World Animal Foundation's Pet Ownership Statistics webpage.
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