If approved by 2/3rds of Los Angeles County voters, Measure H would do the following:
- Generate approximately $355 million annually through a ¼-cent County sales tax to exclusively fund proven ways to reduce and prevent homelessness. These include physical and mental health care, housing services, case management, job counseling and substance abuse treatment.
- Help an estimated 45,000 families and individuals move from homelessness to permanent housing in the measure’s first five years—and enable 30,000 more to avoid becoming homeless. Measure H would directly benefit children, foster youth, seniors, battered women, disabled individuals, veterans and other homeless adults.
- Provide essential services to accompany an increase in housing being built for homeless families and individuals, construction that voters have approved by wide margins.
- Ensure accountability and effectiveness of expenditures through a Citizens’ Oversight Advisory Board and independent auditor who would issue annual reports.
Measure H represents a key component of the County’s Homeless Initiative, an unprecedented collaboration that last year pinpointed 47 strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness. The widely-praised effort involved more than 100 community organizations, 30 cities and an array of County departments and experts.
Already, through well-targeted spending, the numbers of families and veterans on our streets has dropped significantly. Shelter residents are being given access to permanent housing, services and employment at ever higher levels. Hundreds of individuals are being rapidly rehoused and are on a path to paying their own rent. New County health teams are in the field bringing health and housing to hundreds more.
Measure H would provide essential ongoing money to support these innovative, proven strategies, which share this ambitious but achievable goal: Real help. Lasting change.
In February 2016, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a landmark plan that represents the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken by the County to combat homelessness. The strategies aim to attack the root causes of homelessness and lift thousands of families and individuals out of homelessness and into better lives.
Community engagement is vital in developing coordinated strategies to effectively combat homelessness. The Homeless Initiative released the draft recommended strategies on January 7, 2016. Over 200 organizations and individuals provided comments by the deadline of January 21, 2016.
The County’s approved strategies can be viewed here.
Draft Recommendations and Public Comments
The County’s draft recommended strategies can be viewed here.
The public comments and the Homeless Initiative’s response can be found here.