Homeless Prevention services aim to help rent-burdened, low-income families and individuals resolve crises that would otherwise cause them to lose their homes. These services can include short-term rental subsidies, housing conflict resolution and mediation with landlords and/or property managers, and legal defense against eviction. Similar services are provided to help individuals avoid becoming homeless after exiting institutions like jails, hospitals, and foster care.
MEASURE H-FUNDED HOMELESS PREVENTION PROGRAMS
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) administers the Homelessness Prevention Program, which can provide financial and legal assistance to people at imminent risk of losing their home, and Problem Solving, which includes helping people identify viable temporary or permanent housing and other resources within their own network of relatives and friends.
With the Homeless Prevention Unit pilot, the Los Angeles County Departments of Health Services (DHS) and Mental Health (DMH) have partnered with UCLA’s California Policy Lab to use predictive analytics to identify heavy users of public health care and other social safety net services and considered to be at highest risk of becoming homelessness. Participants are provided financial assistance and connected to health care, mental health care, employment training, legal services, and other supportive services.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has several programs to help families obtain housing, including Bringing Families Home, the Family Reunification Housing Subsidy, the Prevention and Aftercare Program. Meanwhile, its Supervised Independent Living Program helps young adults (ages 18 to 21) exiting the foster care system, giving them financial and emotional support to transition into living on their own.