History

On street corners and sidewalks, along riverbeds and railways, in small communities and large cities, human suffering is on heartbreaking display. Some of our most vulnerable residents—families, individuals, veterans, youth, and the mentally ill—struggle to emerge from homelessness and rebuild their lives.

In response to the crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative in 2015.

In 2016, through a collaborative process with community and government partners, the Board approved 47 strategies that reach across government and community boundaries to forge effective partnerships and get results.

In March 2017, voters resoundingly approved Measure H, the landmark ¼ percent increase to the County’s sales tax to provide an ongoing revenue stream – an estimated $355 million per year for ten years — to fund services, rental subsidies and housing.  It is designed to fund a comprehensive regional approach encompassing 21 interconnected strategies in six areas to combat homelessness:

  • Prevent homelessness
  • Subsidize housing
  • Increase income
  • Provide case management and services
  • Create a coordinated system
  • Increase affordable/homeless housing

The County jump-started our efforts to alleviate homelessness even before passage of Measure H.  The County infused $100 million to launch these strategies in 2016 and $266 million to fund the Measure H strategies in FY 2017-18.

The Chief Executive Office – Homeless Initiative provides oversight and hands-on guidance to deploy the infusion of Measure H funds for services and programs and maximize the alignment and effectiveness of this unprecedented commitment.

View documents on Los Angeles County’s historic commitment to addressing homelessness:

Creation of the County Homeless Initiative – Adoption of County Homeless Strategies (August 2015 – February 2016)

Adoption of County Homeless Strategies – Measure H Vote (March 2016 – February 2017)

Passage of Measure H – Fiscal Year 2016-17 (March 2017 – June 2017)

Fiscal Year 2017-18 (July 2017 – June 2018)

Fiscal Year 2018-19 (July 2018 – June 2019)