The Action Plan
On February 9, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved an unprecedented action plan of nearly four dozen interlocking strategies—focusing on six key areas—to 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’s 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, exacerbating homelessness and historic patterns of racial and economic injustices. California Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), approved in 2007 with the goal to remove 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 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 and detailed implementation plans were developed for new strategies and those that are 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 presented to the Board of Supervisors on September 29, 2017.
Pursuing the Promise Together
On June 7, 2017, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative, in partnership with LA Voice, hosted an Interfaith Summit on Homelessness to highlight opportunities for enhancing collaboration and services for our homeless neighbors. Follow-up meetings were held in each of the eight Service Planning Areas throughout the month of July to continue discussions and information-sharing on how to integrate the work of the faith communities alongside the work of the Homeless Initiative. If you were unable to participate or would like more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To assist your faith congregation and discern its readiness, ability, and desire to integrate and serve, please complete the discernment guide and return the last page to the Homeless Initiative.
Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative is pleased to share the first edition of Appreciation Notes—expressions of gratitude by our partners that celebrate champions whose acts of inspiration, compassion and determination have helped transform lives and communities. We encourage you to submit your appreciation notes here. The Homeless Initiative will compile and periodically distribute them.