As part of its community recovery program, MUFG Union Bank donated $10,000 to support the Change the narrative series produced by Union Station Homeless Services. The series educates the public on issues related to homelessness and provides opportunities for the community to ask questions and engage more deeply around the topic.
In 2021, Union Station launched the Change the narrative series, a quarterly webinar featuring regional and national experts on topics including housing, homelessness, mental health, racial justice and urban planning. All panels include a variety of experts and people with lived experience. Previous webinars have included topics such as “Systemic Racism and the Housing Crisis” and “Does Housing Really End Homelessness?” ” The Change the narrative series was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 5 “Most Innovative Awareness Campaigns of 2021”. Past Change the story webinars are available at unionstationhs.org/changing-the-narrative-series/.
“A major barrier to creating the systemic change needed to address the homelessness crisis is the lack of education and awareness among the public and policy makers about the experience of homelessness,” says Anne Miskey, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services. “With the support of MUFG Union Bank, we can continue to produce our Change the story webinars, dispelling myths and building support for equitable policy solutions. »
MUFG Union Bank’s Community Recovery Program (CRP) was created to advance social and economic justice in communities of color. The program focuses on building economic stability, including supporting access to capital, entrepreneurship, job retention, retraining, and the provision of essential social safety net services.
“We are a proud, long-time supporter of Union Station, and are thrilled to support the organization with this expanded programming through our Community Recovery Program,” said Lisa Smith, Executive Director. “By engaging in thoughtful dialogue with our community, we have the potential to fundamentally solve the homelessness crisis in our region.”
union station Change the story quarterly webinars seek to create change by inspiring and mobilizing community members to take an active role in identifying systems that have failed, as well as advocating for equitable solutions. The purpose of the Series is to change the narrative around homelessness through public education and to work for the policies and structural solutions needed to address this crisis.