Southern California Gas Co. partnered with The Laundry Truck LA (TLTLA) to unveil the organization's newest trailer which will provide free mobile laundry services to unhoused individuals in the Greater Los Angeles area. The trailer is fully equipped with five sets of washers and dryers, a folding station, and a water heater. With the addition of the new trailer, TLTLA is expecting to complete over 10,000 loads of laundry by the end of 2020. Please see photos from the media event here.
The Laundry Truck LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free mobile laundry services for those in need throughout Los Angeles and is one of the first mobile laundry services in the country to serve the homeless population. With the help of additional sponsors and partners, TLTLA has successfully expanded their operations to meet growing demands.
Earlier this year, Landi Renzo USA donated a converted CNG Ford F-250 pickup truck equipped with the company's Eco Ready compressed natural gas (CNG) system to assist with TLTLA's efforts. The addition of the truck will help TLTLA expand their reach to more people in need while reducing their environmental impact and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
TLTLA's trailers offer services seven days a week, including night shifts, to unhoused individuals throughout Los Angeles County's parks, recreation centers and specialized locations. These free laundry services are made available exclusively to individuals experiencing homelessness at designated locations. Accessible personal care services, like laundry, play a large part in helping improve the day-to-day livelihood, self-confidence, hygiene, and future opportunities for underserved populations.
"Thanks to The Laundry Truck LA, many people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County have been able to wash and dry their clothes free of cost. That is why I proudly supported The Laundry Truck LA with a grant of $90,405, which made it possible for Laundry Truck LA to provide critical laundry services to residents of the Winter Shelter in Bassett Park," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. "Access to laundry services is a simple way to give our unhoused neighbors self-confidence and a sense of dignity."
Earlier this year, SoCalGas donated $25,000 to TLTLA to support rising demands for personal care and laundry services.
"As an Angeleno myself, I am extremely proud to join forces with The Laundry Truck LA to provide much needed support and services to our unhoused neighbors throughout Los Angeles County," said Andy Carrasco, vice president of strategy and engagement, and chief environmental officer at SoCalGas. "Our partnership with The Laundry Truck LA and Landi Renzo allows us to make a positive impact to our community and the environment."
"People experiencing homelessness in LA have been hit hard by the pandemic, and the demand for our free mobile laundry services has never been higher," said Jodie Dolan, founder of The Laundry Truck LA. "We are deeply grateful to SoCalGas and Landi Renzo for their incredible support and partnership. This new truck enables us to expand our reach and provide our services to those who need them most."