Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority July 2020 Legislative Affairs Updates


Legislative Affairs Updates




Equal Access Rule


·         LAHSA is expecting a proposed rule from HUD in the coming days to weaken enforcement of the federal Equal Access Rule, which currently prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification in HUD-funded programs, including shelters. The proposal would give operators of federally-funded shelters the discretion to base access on a person’s biological sex at birth rather than in accordance with their gender identity. 

The Way Home: COVID-19 and People Experiencing Homelessness


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Welcome to The Way Home, your guide to how LA County is
helping people and communities affected by homelessness.

A special message from Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Interim Executive Director Heidi Marston

We know people experiencing homelessness are extremely vulnerable and not always in a position to take the basic disease-prevention precautions, like frequent hand washing, we’re being advised to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

LAHSA Announcements - September-October 2019

Following is the September 2019 announcement sheet from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. To format it for this website we have used photos of the text that do not contain the original links for additional information.

Here is a link to a downloadable PDF of the announcement sheet that does contain all the additional links.

• Problem-Solving Training Campaign • System Metrics for the Month of August • Please Comment and Help Oppose HUD’s Efforts to Roll Back Fair Housing Regulations • Results of the State Legislative Session • Update on Access Centers Access Centers and Access Points • The Weekend to End Homelessness


LAHSA docs on U.S. Department of Homeland Security Proposed “Public Charge” Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a draft rule entitled “Inadmissability on Public Charge Grounds.” DHS will accept public comments on this draft rule until December 10, 2018.

Attached are three documents from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on the Department of Homeland Security's proposed rules that would exclude residence to immigrants if they use public services (i.e., become a "public charge," or even if there are indications such as age and health that indicate they might do so.


2018 Homeless Count Results: Key Information

For the first time in 4 years, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles decreased.

        In Los Angeles County 53,195 people are experiencing homelessness, a 3% decrease from 2017.

        In the City of Los Angeles, 31,516 people are experiencing homelessness, a 5% decrease from 2017.

        In the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (CoC), which comprises LA County excluding Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach CoCs, 50,385 people are experiencing homelessness, a 4% decrease from 2017.

        The Homeless Count is a point-in-time snapshot across 3 nights in January and does not estimate the number or demographic characteristics of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles over the year.

New Coordinated Entry System Policies Available For Public Comment

The policy development process for the Los Angeles Coordinated Entry System (LA County CES) is publicly accountable and includes opportunities for public comment.

Prioritization-related policies are now available for public comment. Click here to review the draft prioritization policies. 

Once you have reviewed them, you are invited to provide feedback for the CES Policy Council's consideration. The survey linked above will remain open until 12 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2017.