Four additional teams will provide outreach to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County’s Fifth Supervisorial District, with a special focus on the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, portions of the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger allocated $2.3M from her discretionary funds to increase homeless outreach services provided by the Sheriff’s Department Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) and Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) Homeless Engagement Team (HET).
“Lifting people out of homelessness requires both expertise and perseverance,” stated Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “I’ve heard loud and clear from my constituents that more needs to be done to address homelessness in their communities. These funds will procure the services of additional deputies and outreach professionals who know how to compassionately engage people experiencing homelessness. Their model and approach works.”
The outreach efforts are performed by professionals from HET and HOST deputies trained in crisis stabilization and intervention. Their daily missions proactively seek people experiencing homelessness, build relationships with those individuals, and work to connect them to services and housing.