The Homeless Initiative oversees Los Angeles County’s massive effort to provide housing and services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their home. It is largely funded through Measure H,  a 1/4-cent sales tax approved by County voters in 2017.

Over the next few months, the Homeless Initiative will be developing a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1st, 2022, which includes investing in:

Homeless Prevention for people at risk of eviction as well as those exiting foster care, hospitals, jails, and other institutions

Outreach so that people living in encampments and vehicles can be connected to housing and supportive services

Interim Housing, such as shelters, recuperative care facilities, and sober living facilities

Permanent Housing with subsidized rent and, if necessary, supportive services for those with acute needs

Supportive Services such as health and mental health care, substance use disorder treatments, criminal record clearing, benefits enrollment, job training and employment, and other services to help people achieve stability and potentially self-sufficiency

PUBLIC COMMENT

To help inform the funding recommendations, the Homeless Initiative will conduct two rounds of public comment during the budget process.

Los Angeles County residents are encouraged to fill out this online form to share their ideas for addressing homelessness.

BUDGET PROCESS TIMELINE

January 11, 2022  – First Public Comment Period, lasting through February 1, 2022 – click here to submit your public comment

February 23, 2022 – Public Release of the Draft Funding Recommendations

February 23, 2022 – Second Public Comment Period, lasting through March 10, 2022

February 23, 2022 – Funding Recommendations Webinar with Homeless Initiative Executive Director Cheri Todoroff providing an overview of the draft funding recommendations

March 9, 2022 – Virtual Public Hearing where Los Angeles County residents can use a call-in number to submit public comment on the draft funding recommendations

May 5, 2022 – Final Funding Recommendations transmitted to Board of Supervisors

May 17, 2022 – Board of Supervisors to Consider a Vote on the Final Funding Recommendations

THE HOMELESS INITIATIVE AND MEASURE H

Created by the Board of Supervisors in 2015, the Homeless Initiative directs, oversees, and evaluates Los Angeles County’s ongoing effort – unprecedented in scale – to expand and enhance the safety net for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their home.

From Malibu to Claremont, Long Beach to Lancaster, and everywhere in between, the Homeless Initiative provides the strategies and funding that enable a comprehensive and diverse group of partners to collaborate in implementing the most ambitious and far-reaching action plan ever undertaken to address homelessness countywide.

County departments, countywide agencies, city governments, community-based nonprofit service providers, and more, are all part of this movement to help ensure every County resident has a place to call home. The effort derives much of its funding from Measure H.

A ¼-cent sales tax approved by almost 70 percent of County voters in 2017, Measure H is projected to raise $355 million annually for 10 years to address and prevent homelessness.

In the four years since its passage, the County’s homeless services system has housed about 75,000 people. Of those placements, 41% were fully or partially funded by Measure H, representing about 31,000 people.

Measure H funding has also helped tens of thousands more people avoid or exit homelessness with prevention assistance, employment and benefits services to increase their income, and/or interim housing and supportive services.

But challenges still persist, including the affordable housing crisis and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, making Measure H more critical than ever.

MEASURE H-FUNDED STRATEGIES

Measure H currently provides funding for 19 Homeless Initiative strategies to prevent and combat homelessness in Los Angeles County. Click on each tab below to learn more.

Strategy A. Prevent Homelessness

Combating homelessness requires effective strategies to reduce the number of families and individuals who become homeless, in addition to helping currently homeless families and individuals move into permanent housing.

This includes reducing both the number of individuals discharged into homelessness from institutions such as jails, hospitals, and foster care and the number of families and individuals who lose their homes.

  • A1: Homeless Prevention Program for Families
  • A5: Homeless Prevention Program for Individuals

Detailed descriptions of each strategy are available in the Homeless Initiative Action Plan.

Strategy B. Subsidized Housing

Almost all homeless families and individuals lack sufficient income to pay rent on an ongoing basis, particularly given the extremely high cost of market-rate housing in Los Angeles County. In this context, subsidizing rent and related housing costs is key to enabling homeless families and individuals to secure and retain permanent housing and to preventing families and individuals from becoming homeless.

  • B1: Provide Subsidized Housing to Homeless Disabled Individuals Pursuing Supplemental Security Income
  • B3: Expand Rapid Rehousing
  • B4: Facilitate Utilization of Federal Housing Subsidies
  • B6: Family Reunification Housing Subsidies
  • B7: Interim/Bridge Housing for Those Exiting Institutions

Detailed descriptions of each strategy are available in the Homeless Initiative Action Plan.

Strategy C. Increase Income

Most currently homeless families and individuals have the ability to increase their income to the point where they will be able to pay for their own housing in the future if they secure the assistance they need to increase their income.

A high percentage of homeless adults can increase their income through employment; severely disabled homeless individuals can increase their income through federal disability benefits. Enabling a high percentage of homeless adults to pay for their own housing is key to combating homelessness.

  • C2/C7: Increase Employment for Homeless Adults
  • C4, C5, C6: Countywide Supplemental Security/Social Security Disability Income and Veterans Benefits Advocacy

Detailed descriptions of each strategy are available in the Homeless Initiative Action Plan.

Strategy D. Provide Case Management and Services

Most homeless families and individuals need some level of case management and supportive services to secure and maintain permanent housing, though the specific need varies greatly, depending on the individual circumstances. The availability of appropriate case management and supportive services is key to enabling homeless families and individuals to take advantage of an available rental subsidy, increase their income, and access/utilize available public services and benefits.

  • D2: Jail In-Reach
  • D6: Criminal Record Clearing Project
  • D7: Provide Services and Rental Subsidies for Permanent Supportive Housing

Detailed descriptions of each strategy are available in the Homeless Initiative Action Plan.

Strategy E. Create a Coordinated System

Given their complex needs, homeless individuals, families and youth often touch multiple County departments, city agencies and community-based providers. Maximizing the efficacy of current programs and expenditures necessitates a coordinated system which brings together homeless and mainstream services.

  • E7: Strengthen the Coordinated Entry System
  • E8: Enhance the Emergency Shelter System
  • E14: Enhance Services for Transition Age Youth

Detailed descriptions of each strategy are available in the Homeless Initiative Action Plan.

Strategy F. Increase Affordable/ Homeless Housing

The lack of affordable housing overall and homeless housing, in particular, contributes substantially to the current crisis of homelessness. The County and cities throughout the region can increase the availability of both affordable and homeless housing through a combination of land use policy and subsidies for housing development.

  • Strategy F7: Preserve and Promote the Development of Affordable Housing for Homeless Families and Individuals

Detailed descriptions of each strategy are available in the Homeless Initiative Action Plan.

The Way Home

Watch The Way Home playlist on YouTube and get to know some of the men, women, and children who have been helped by Los Angeles County’s efforts to prevent and combat homelessness.