The Action Plan

On February 9, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved an unprecedented action plan comprised of nearly four dozen interlocking strategies—focusing on six key areas—to prevent and combat homelessness. The County engaged stakeholders across the region in confronting this shared humanitarian crisis. More than 100 community groups, 30 cities and an array of County leaders joined together to create an ambitious but achievable path forward.

Removing Barriers to Housing

Housing options that can and do address homelessness too often face opposition and regulatory obstacles, which have the effect of exacerbating homelessness. California Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), approved in 2007 with the goal of removing zoning barriers for emergency shelters and transitional and supportive housing, is critical to L.A. County’s action plan. Public Counsel created a Best Practices Guide to assist cities with SB 2 compliance and to support the development of housing for homeless individuals and families.

Implementing The Action Plan

On June 13, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved the recommended funding allocations for each of the Measure H-eligible Homeless Initiative strategies. The budget was developed through a collaborative process including the involvement of 50 community and government stakeholders. The transparent funding recommendations process included a community webinar, public hearing and online public comments. Detailed plans were developed for new strategies and those that were significantly expanded and/or enhanced with Measure H funding.   The plans were developed by the lead County departments/agencies for each strategy, in consultation with the County Homeless Initiative team. The final implementation plans were submitted to the Board of Supervisors on September 29, 2017.