NLSLA hosted its 11th annual Just Neighbors event at the Skirball Cultural Center, where 300 friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the organization’s work changing lives and transforming communities across Los Angeles. Guests at the September 25 gala joined the organization in honoring this year’s award recipients, whose work has expanded access to healthcare, housing, economic opportunity and justice for people living in poverty throughout the county.

This year’s honorees included Director of Los Angeles County Health Services Agency Dr. Mitch Katz, whose bold vision—which recognizes that access to stable housing is a key to better health—is revolutionizing the delivery of health care services in Los Angeles and shaping the national conversation about health.

The organization also recognized the John M. Langston Bar Association for providing pro bono services to low-income communities in South Los Angeles, ensuring people can benefit from recent criminal justice reforms that have opened doors to economic opportunity.

The final honoree was Marta Sanchez, a community advocate who worked tirelessly to protect family homes from the devastating wave of foreclosures in Los Angeles County. Sanchez first came to NLSLA as a client looking to save her family’s home. She quickly became a courageous advocate who never stopped working to save her entire community.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s event a huge success!