University News

Alumni Affecting Lives on LA's Skid Row

Posted: March 11, 2016

As HIU freshmen, Tyler Patterson (BA ’11) and Hughie Hughes (BA ’11) began passing out provisions to Skid Row’s homeless in the back alleys of downtown Los Angeles. From those humble-yet-passionate beginnings, they founded Povertees, now a full-fledged non-profit social enterprise whose employees and volunteers are compassionately involved in the lives of LA’s chronically homeless community.

Over the past 7 years, the Povertees team has developed a program that provides jobs with on-the-job training and support for women transitioning out of homelessness. 88 percent of the company’s revenue is put directly back the program. In addition, Povertees also provides services like transportation and assistance with housing paperwork.

Recent recognitions:

  • Povertees has partnered with Vans Warped Tour to feature a limited edition tee that will be sold at the event, with proceeds going to provide opportunities for women in need.
  • Southern California Public Radio's website recently featured Povertees in their Business and Economy section. Click here to access the article, photos, and video.
  • OC Register recently featured an article on Povertees in their City News section. Click here to read more on how this group got their start.

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