• May 3, 2022

A New Approach to Tackling Homelessness

A New Approach to Tackling Homelessness

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In an effort to improve Los Angeles County’s ability to effectively battle the homeless crisis gripping the region, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda L. Solis to revamp how the County governs its homeless services systems.

The motion sought approval of the seven recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness, a committee formed in July 2022 to engage stakeholders and assess how homeless service coordination could be revamped and improved.

The recommendations include creating a County entity to coordinate and unify the homeless services provided by multiple County departments, and to serve as a centralized housing acquisition unit that houses people experiencing homelessness and connects them to support services.

The other recommendations focus on creating a “local solutions” fund through Measure H to fund cities’ efforts to implement their own homeless housing and service plans, and to streamline Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority by re-focusing its efforts exclusively on stewarding federal funding contracts and opportunities.

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