For the second consecutive year, Bryant is the honorary chairman of the five-kilometer run and walk, which is part of the United Way's campaign to end poverty in Los Angeles County.
Registration is $25 for walkers and $30 for runners. The fee is waived for children 17 years old and under. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will match every donation of $100 or more, with organizers expecting a record amount to be raised.
All proceeds are used to support organizations that move homeless veterans and chronically homeless people into permanent supportive housing.
Bryant said he became interested in trying to end homelessness because "it's an issue that's kind of faded into the background."
"There are a lot of issues out there that are the popular issues that are more comfortable for people to get behind," Bryant said after a recent practice. "A lot of times things are done for just for public image sake. I wanted to do something that needed some attention."
Bryant said he would like people to become aware of homelessness and how people become homeless.
"Some of them just because of discrimination, some because of a death in the family and all of a sudden they don't have anyone to take care of them," Bryant said. "Some of them made bad decisions and all of a sudden here they are, they need help getting out of that situation."
Bryant said "there are a lot of things that we must do in order to eradicate" homelessness, beginning with "getting to the root of the problem."
"A lot of them struggle with addictions and mental health and things of that nature. There's a lot that needs to be done, there's a lot of understanding that needs to go into it."
According to statistics provided by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles County is the homeless capital of the nation, with 51,000 people living without homes, including more than 20,000 women and children and 9,000 military veterans.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is in the midst of a 10-year plan to "create pathways out of poverty," including decreasing homeless in Los Angeles County by 75 percent.
The effort to reduce homelessness, dubbed "Home For Good," began in
December 2010 in conjunction with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. It
focuses on eliminating chronic and veterans homelessness by 2016 through a
"Housing First" approach.