The Art of Skid Row: Bringing awareness to the homelessness state of emergency.

submission by coltonboettcher

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Sustaynabl

Organization(s) website(s):

http://www.sustaynabl.com/

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

www.twitter.com/sustaynabl

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www.facebook.com/sustaynabl

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www.facebook.com/sustaynabl

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

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Benefit Corporation

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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Sustaynabl is a socially aware corporation tackling Urban Poverty through innovative Global Impact Projects (GIP’s).

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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The Art of Skid Row’s goal is to bring awareness to the homelessness state of emergency through digital and print photojournalism. The AoSR is an print and digital collaboration of local photographers that will be launched through a loud social media campaign and sold at Los Angeles businesses including: book stores, art galleries, restaurants, and coffee shops. Proceeds from book sales will achieve both an immediate and long-term solution for the homeless crisis.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.

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Using the launch of The Art of Skid Row as a catalyst, Sustaynabl aims to be an equitable and responsible economic participant, contributing to the stabilization of Los Angeles’ unbalanced housing market. By orchestrating the impact of state and local government officials, city planning professionals, key real estate investors, and social non-government authorities, Sustaynabl poses the innovation to develop an immediate and long-term permanent solution to urban poverty.

In Los Angeles, for example, if one person makes $20,000/year and spends 50% of their gross income, $10,000 ($833/month) on rent, that person would have $10,000/year to participate in the rest of the economy. In a balanced housing market, that person should be paying 20-30% of their annual income in housing costs. Let’s say 25%, which is $5000 ($416 / month). That person then has $15000/year to participate more equitably in other sectors of the economy. By reversing the damaging impact of a renter’s burden in our current state of imbalanced housing costs, LA becomes an community in which one can pursue educational aspirations, have financial flexibility to support a family, and gain access to bare necessities they couldn’t once afford.

At Sustaynabl we believe a truly healthy economy is one where interdependence is established between all constituents. It is one where an unsettling juxtaposition between extreme poverty and extreme wealth no longer exist; where raising a family in Downtown Los Angeles is just as healthy as raising a family in Beverly Hills. Where quality education is no longer dictated by zip code.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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We will evaluate our work through book sales, social media impressions, global awareness created, feedback and impact in the homeless community.
Tracking social media impressions through digital photojournalism; which includes videos, photos, and articles.
Tracking media stories related to #TheArtofSkidRow.
Achieve goal of selling 45,000 copies of The Art of Skid Row book, via print or ebook.
Utilizing Google Analytics to monitor site traffic for The Art of Skid Row, Sustaynabl, and connect social media accounts such as youtube, facebook, instagram, and twitter.
Connecting Angelenos with bi-annual tours of Skid Row for those that desire to reach out to our homeless community members.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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Discussion
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There is a dire need for a solution to the problem of homelessness throughout this country that can only be brought about by awareness and the desire for change. When this project gets into full swing I would love to see it replicated in New York City where I am seeing similar situations

by Laditt
6 months ago

Is there are way to pre-order the book?

by AnhQTu
5 months ago

I'm hoping this can be showcased in the media somehow! Can't wait to see this make the rounds on social media!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

This looks like a great project. Homelessness is a problem throughout the country, especially in and around LA. I am excited to see you all make a change and also to see the artistic product.

by f1tomato
6 months ago

@sustaynabl we are going to ask the questions that are not normally asked, we are going to get the real stories for better or for worse. These are people and we are people, some of us are lucky enough to have a support system like family and friends or even finical resources to not be in such spots as Skid Row. We want this book to to touch those who pick it up and realize that being homeless is not just the result of drugs, mental illness or laziness. There is much more to it and many more situations that have resulted in some being homeless. We all of stories and all have the right to tell it.

by matt.walsh
6 months ago

This looks like it could be interesting....in a good way

by Tonberries
6 months ago

This is just amazing!!!!

by bwalsh080
6 months ago

Urban Poverty is correlated with the current inability of the market to provide safe, stable, and affordable living conditions for all citizens in Urban Centers. Homelessness is a systemic result of this unbalance in the housing market.

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Truly Amazing! Can't wait to hear their stories.

by SalMoon
6 months ago

This project is not only going to help those living on skid row but help millions of people worldwide bring homelessness to the forefront of peoples thoughts and minds. It is our duty as humans to help others just because people are less fortunate then some does not give us any right to neglect those in their darkest hours.

by matt.walsh
6 months ago

A business solution to homelessness / poverty. The Art of Skid Row project utilizes the revenue of a for-profit business model and uses it for philanthropic efforts purposes. All while adding human faces and stories to the issue. Brilliant!

by seankiernan
6 months ago

This project is an amazing way to connect individuals on a macro scale to tackle what many believe to be a micro-isolated problem. Eradicating homelessness and establishing economic parameters where we all can play equitable roles in society should be at the forefront of legislation and its constituents.

by EvanMungo
6 months ago

"Compassion is the Wish to see others Free from Suffering" -Dalai Lama...and I'm sure this video will help everyone remember that.
This book will make a great Impact on bringing Awareness, Attention, and Compassion to the rising problem of homelessness in L.A.
We are Humans, We are One...Uni-Verse

by QuyenTu
6 months ago

I think this is a brilliant idea!! What better way to solve an issue affecting thousands by making it real to millions!!

by Boettta
6 months ago

Immediate and long term solutions to homelessness and the Urban Housing Market of Los Angeles! WHOOT!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

This project has the potential to be an immense catalyst for positive change in the LA community, and beyond. I cannot wait to see and hear these various stories of our earthly brethren, who call Skid Row home.

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

This could change the game on so many levels. Housing is a real problem in LA, I see more and more people leaving in their cars or in the street and I am really excited to see how this project can change it all.

by AntoineLA
6 months ago

The purchase of The Art of Skid Row results in an immediate 10% investment into the comprehensive Wiengart Program in Skid Row. The remainder of your purchase is used to fund Sustaynabl’s long-term solution to tackle Urban Poverty, Urban Habitats. For more information, check out http://www.investinla.org/ or http://www.sustaynabl.com/

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

A 2015 homeless count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that homelessness in increased 11% in the last two years. LA County has an estimated 44,359 visible homeless on the streets at night. HUD estimates there are 50-75% more individuals not counted in this estimate; these are invisible homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These are individuals living with friends or family, in garages, their cars, or finding shelter by other means.

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

The Art of Skid Row is a Coffee Table Book created to bring awareness to the Homelessness State of Emergency declared by the City of Los Angeles in August of 2015.

Sustaynabl has created this Global Impact Project to create an innovate revenue stream to provide an immediate and long term solutions to this state of emergency.

Through a collaboration with 30 of Los Angeles’s most visionary photographers, we tell the story of individuals currently experience homelessness around the city. Capture a glimpse into the everyday life of a fellow human being; fighting to get back on their feet and survive the struggle of life on the streets.

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Absolutely AMAZING! Something that everyone needs to see and be a part of!

by BMastey
6 months ago

Awesome Colton Boettcher

by missstess
6 months ago

Good question! Can we order this some where right now?

by impactforlife
5 months ago

I second that! Would love to see further videos and snippets from the book!

by AnhQTu
5 months ago

Lets shake that housing market up!

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

" We want this book to to touch those who pick it up and realize that being homeless is not just the result of drugs, mental illness or laziness." - Perfect!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

Thanks, @Bwalsh!!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

We'll be launching stories on our Facebook page throughout the #LA2050 voting period! We've been lucky enough to talk with individuals with such uplifting spirits. We can't wait to share these stories on behalf of those with limited means to the powerful story telling tools social media has to offer!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

This is the project that can have the most positive impact for LA and inspire so many more other cities to do the same or people.

by AntoineLA
6 months ago

One project to reduce homelessness feeds into another to reduce it even more. Excellent idea, I look forward to seeing where this all goes!

by seankiernan
6 months ago

"It is our duty as humans!" That says it all! We are all connected on this awesome journey; let's make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to create that awesome journey for themselves!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

#GameChanger! Great point, @AntoineLA!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

@Laditt, you're right! We hope to expand this into a book that can showcase the Skid Row's in all of our cities in this country. Everyone has a story, and we can help share them to bring more awareness!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Thanks for the awesome words, @F1tomato (great user name)!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Homelessness is an issue that has reached catastrophic proportions. Skid row really is its own third world country in the middle of Los Angeles. Gad to see innovative solutions being developed to address this.

by seankiernan
6 months ago

We think so too, @Tonberries! Check in on our Facebook page for stories, videos, photos, and updates!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

"Catalyst for positive change!" Perfectly sums up our mission, vision, and purpose at Sustaynabl!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

The human element is such an important part of this project!

"Global issues that have a business solution will always lead to a solution; it just takes the right person and the right team to find them." - Peter Diamandis

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

The homeless population is a part of our community, and it's great to see them acknowledged!

by AnhQTu
6 months ago

Very well put, Evan! Wow. Thanks for your support!!!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

@Sustaynabl we couldn't agree more! Here's to getting the message out to those that care. :)

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

@BMastey! I hope everyone can be a part of this! #WeAreHuman!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Thanks for the support, @missstess!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

What a wonderful sentiment, Quyen! Thank you for such beautiful words. #WeAreHuman

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Yes, you can pre-order for Delivery in February 2016! The link is below. :)

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago
by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

Pre-Order: The Art of Skid Row: http://bit.ly/OrderAoSR

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

"We all of stories and all have the right to tell it." Speak the truth, Matt!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

Yes!

by AntoineLA
5 months ago

Let's shake it together... We are all in this!

by laguy
5 months ago

Inspiration is an endless phenomenon - let's spread it far and wide to address this Human Rights issue!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Thats exactly it. Changing the game to make housing fair and reasonable for all will create a drastic lower homelessness count. How amazing would it be to see not homeless off the street into housing they can afford but to be happy with life, at the end of the day we are all just searching for happiness.

by matt.walsh
6 months ago

Matt, you have awesome words!!! Happy life is for everyone.

by impactforlife
5 months ago

It is in our fellow humans darkest hour that we should strive to do the most for them.

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

I think this is exactly right - changing our mindsets in light of this human right's issue (which we seldom see it as) is the first component of a two-pronged approach to eradicating urban poverty!

by EvanMungo
6 months ago

We need a multi approach to tackle this issue for sure! All sectors can participate; business, government, NGO's, and citizens!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

I agree @coltonboettcher @AntoineLA #GameChanger! Big Time.

by QuyenTu
6 months ago

Thanks @QuyenTu! @AntoineLA

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Slowly but Surely we'll get there @Laditt It's gotta start somewhere.

by QuyenTu
6 months ago

@QuyenTu - you're right, the first steps are the most important; they lay the foundation for the journey itself!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Laying a solid foundation is the basis of any project!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

You are exactly right, @Laditt. Many of our domestic urban centers (NYC, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Atlanta...the list goes on) are experiencing growth in homeless populations at an alarming rate. This project is meant to be scalable to other markets and bring awareness to those environments as well! :)

by EvanMungo
6 months ago

You bet, Evan!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

I think this would be a great impact project to replicate in other cities! San Fran, Chicago, Austin, Detroit!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

Beautiful words, @Laditt!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

Thanks for the awesome words, @F1tomato (great user name)!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Thanks @f1tomato :) maybe you can take a trip out here and help us? join the photographer team, and bring your best camera!!!

by QuyenTu
6 months ago

Great idea, Quyen!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

Yes the pictures seem to help us to get a closer look at these lives.

by AntoineLA
6 months ago

Their lives and their true stories! We are excited to see how these stories are crafted by these inspirational photographers!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Human connection!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

It is our priority to help those less fortunate and in ruff spots then us, and by doing so in a artistic way we hope to see a broad audience and bigger impact. We appreciate your support

by matt.walsh
6 months ago

Broad audience and big impact. Great insights, Matt!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Less fortunate individuals can have the most impact in the world given the right tools and opportunities!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

We are all very excited about the project too - thank you for your encouraging words! At the end of the day we believe it should be a worldwide mission to look out for each other and change the systems that have led to chronic homelessness that even plagues many of our world's more "prosperous" urban centers!

by EvanMungo
6 months ago

Prosperous Urban Centers for all citizens!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

I'm excited as well!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

Giving voice to the mute!

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

To those that need a voice!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

It's going to be a Truly #Amazing Story. @SalMoon

by QuyenTu
6 months ago

"Catalyst for Positive Change" is exactly what Skid Row needs right now! I'm excited to see your guys work comes through this book. @Vogel4318

by QuyenTu
6 months ago

Thanks for the support and kind words @QuyenTu!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Could Interesting be in any other way than good? @Tonberries

by QuyenTu
6 months ago

Good point, @QuyenTu!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Absolutely agree with you!

by AntoineLA
6 months ago

Great to be on the same frequency!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

We have ignored them or tried to avoid the problem for way too long. A human should leave in human conditions. It is good to create awareness.

by AntoineLA
6 months ago

"A human should leave in human conditions" - LOVE THAT!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

@tonberries this is going to be the most interesting and crucial book to hopefully bring to light such a taboo issue that most of us ignore.

by matt.walsh
6 months ago

Powerful words, Matt! Let's make it not such a taboo issue to talk about!

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

@salmoon the stories will bring to life what is truly going on and hopefully bring about impactful solutions.

by matt.walsh
6 months ago

We all have a story, and they all deserve to be heard.

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

Its very exciting because I think this project will really highlight how living and surviving on Skid Row (whether that be in LA or any other urban city around the globe) is an art form that one must master. The objective in my mind is to tell how people have tried to master this art by showcasing it using art - impactful photography.

by EvanMungo
6 months ago

Impactful photography!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

Interesting things, FTW.

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

Perfectly stated, Evan!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

@SalMoon

by laguy
5 months ago

FTW for sure! It's a win win for all, @Vogel4318!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

It will definitely be a work of art that will change our minds about how we view ourselves in society and what our role to others around us should be! You should stay updated by checking out the website www.sustaynabl.com to see advances with The Art of Skid Row project! Thanks for showing your interest. @SalMoon

by EvanMungo
6 months ago

The Art of Skid Row project will touch many people's lives and will create a huge impact in society!

by laguy
5 months ago

Agreed! Huge impact is how we work @Sustaynabl!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

Impact on society is what I'm all about!

by impactforlife
5 months ago

I think so, too! Great to see impact coming to this part of our city.

by impactforlife
5 months ago

It is really about an innovative solution. What can solved the homelessness crisis? A housing system that allows for a safe and balanced means for every person in the community. This can take many forms. Affordability, access to transit, access to quality food, supportive community programs, mental health support for those in need. We need innovation in the housing sector to move into a future where homelessness is a non-issue.

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

"One project to reduce homelessness feeds into another to reduce it even more." - A truly sustainable model for business! #Sustaynabl

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Exactly, Anh!

Our goal is to bring the lives of these fellow human beings into the awareness of a city that has forgotten the human connection we all share through the fast paced nature of life.

by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

Agreed! We need this to be an a topic that everyone wants to discuss and work towards changing for the betterment of all!

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

Betterment for all is what we're after! We will make this a reality!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

and this would totally change the game on the market in LA. This would benefit so many more people too!

by AntoineLA
6 months ago

Yes, the LA market is the first of many Urban Centers in which we will tell the stories of people experiencing homelessness!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

@boetta that is exactly what is going to happen, this book will create a new conversation around homelessness and bring back hope to those who once were hopeless.

by matt.walsh
6 months ago

A new conversation around this human rights issue!

by coltonboettcher
5 months ago

We are all connected. The sooner we realize that, the sooner we can end suffering and disparagement that is rampant world wide.

by Vogel4318
6 months ago

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