3rd Annual Homeless Initiative Conference February 2019

On February 7, 2019, the L.A. County Homeless Initiative convened its third annual conference, which brought together more than 800 stakeholders engaged in the watershed movement to combat and prevent homelessness. Themed Transformative Power of Community: Changing Lives, the daylong summit included interactive forward-looking discussions around issues including racism, poverty and housing scarcity; special populations; rapid rehousing; prevention and diversion; and incarceration and homelessness.

The dynamic forum gathered leaders from across the diverse network of regional partners, including community-based homeless service providers, cities, county departments, faith organizations, philanthropy and people who have lived the experience of homelessness.   It was a celebration of the continued collaboration across the County and an important time to reflect on lessons learned and develop new solutions to the complex challenges in our midst.

Featured presenters included:

  • Honorable Janice Hahn, Chairperson, County Supervisor
  • Honorable Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor
  • Honorable Mark-Ridley Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor
  • Honorable Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Supervisor
  • Sachi A. Hamai, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County
  • Phil Ansell, Director, Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative
  • Chris Ko, Director, Homeless Initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • Peter Lynn, Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • Winners of the L.A. County Housing Innovation Challenge
  • Special musical performance by Urban Voice Project

Read the conference report:

Performance by the Urban Voices Project

Panel discussion – Homelessness on Context- Racism, Poverty and Housing Scarcity

Sachi Hamai, CEO office

Special remarks by Jimmy Wu

Supervisor Hilda Solis

State of the Homeless Initiative by Phil Ansell

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Housing Innovation- Building Faster and Cheaper

Turning Reflection into Action – What’s Ahead

Invocation by Pastor Lisa Williams

Housing Innovation Challenge presentation