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March 2020

COVID-19 and the Homeless

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A special message from Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Interim Executive Director Heidi Marston

English | Spanish We know people experiencing homelessness are extremely vulnerable and not always in a position to take the basic disease-prevention precautions, like frequent hand washing, we’re being advised to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Policy and guidance regarding people experiencing homelessness is evolving as we learn more about the virus, but know that we are actively working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on this critical issue. At this time, our street-based outreach teams are receiving additional training on best practices for addressing the coronavirus outbreak. We are procuring additional sanitation equipment for our outreach teams for their personal protection and to assist vulnerable people on our streets including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. We have worked with our partners at the Department of Health Services to develop and disseminate training specifically for outreach and shelter providers. We will continue to update resources and information on our website as the situation continues to unfold. Also know that Los Angeles County has stood up its Emergency Operations Center and is including people experiencing homelessness in its emergency planning considerations. Here are some additional resources: The Department of Public Health has created guidance for shelters. We have also informed our providers about the best practices on protecting their employees and clients. LAHSA has launched an informational site, which includes the most recent information. I want to assure you that people experiencing homelessness, and their unique circumstances are top of mind for me and my colleagues in Los Angeles County.
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Quarterly Report 16

Los Angeles County is in Year Three of a 10-year effort to combat and prevent homelessness funded by Measure H, thanks to the affirmation and support of voters across LA County. We knew when we got started that this complex…

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Alternatives to Incarceration

Today the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on a motion to establish a new office to advance the County’s call for a “care first, jails last” system that would provide care and treatment instead of jail whenever possible. The vote…

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Raising Hopes on Hope Street

A 100-bed temporary housing complex has opened on the site of a former parking lot in South L.A. The City of L.A. provided the modular tent structure on land owned by the County. The site will house families for up…

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Project Roomkey Moves an Encampment

Under the supervision of LA Family Housing, 46 high-risk people who had been living at a freeway underpass were placed in the safe environment of a local hotel.

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Home is Where the Community Is

A second community has sprung  up in South L.A. to temporarily house families experiencing homelessness. The trailer-homes were delivered by the State in partnership with the County and City of Los Angeles to help those on the journey home.

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