City Homelessness Planning

Homelessness is a regional crisis, and one of the top priorities of the Homeless Initiative is to continue strengthening the collaboration between the County and diverse stakeholders, including the 88 cities in this region. Cities have an important role and a unique perspective on the solutions to homelessness, and the County values each city’s distinct resources, challenges and perspectives.

In November 2017, interested cities were awarded planning grants to develop city-specific plans to prevent and combat homelessness, through an initiative created by L.A. County and United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Home for Good Funders Collaborative and financed by an allocation of more than $2 million from the County Board of Supervisors. 40 cities have submitted plans, illustrating an enthusiastic response from stakeholders across the region.

In September 2018, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $9 million in Measure H funding to bolster the work of cities in implementing city-specific plans to combat and prevent homelessness.   The funds will be allocated to cities through an RFP solicitation process, in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Home for Good Funders Collaborative.   This funding will help cities increase the supply of supportive and interim housing for people experiencing homelessness and enhance the effectiveness of County service systems for those experiencing and/or at-risk of homelessness.

In January 2019, L.A. County made an increased in investment in partnership with the cities by awarding $3.8 million in Measure H funding to bolster the implementation of city-specific plans to combat and prevent homelessness.  This funding award is a significant next step in strengthening the collaboration between the County and cities in the region, which are united in their commitment to address this complex humanitarian crisis.