Kevin de León was born in Downtown Los Angeles to a single, immigrant mother who worked her fingers to the bone to provide for her family. From a young age, Kevin experienced many of the struggles so many Angelenos face today: housing insecurity, living paycheck to paycheck, and even facing homelessness as a young adult. Despite these challenges, Kevin persisted.
He started out at the One Stop Immigration Center teaching English as a second language, helping immigrants like his mother realize their dreams of better opportunities for their children. Years later, he orgnanized one of the largest marches in California history against Prop 187, a measure that aimed to prevent undocumented immigrant kids from using public health services.
He later spent more than a decade representing Los Angeles in the California State Assembly and as the first Latino to lead the California Senate in over 100 years. Today, Kevin is serving Los Angeles once again as the City Councilmember representing the 14th District.
As someone who spent the vast majority of his early life with the uncertainty of not knowing whether he’d have a roof over his head at night, Kevin de León has become a bold leader in combating homelessness. As a City Councilmember, Kevin fought to pass his “A Way Home” plan that proposes creating 25,000 new units of homeless housing by 2025. He believes Los Angeles can become a strong leader in addressing the nation’s homelessness crisis and create a model for others to follow.