From Homelessness to Housing: Measure H Quarterly Update

Check out the latest issue of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative's "From Homelessness to Housing: Measure H Quarterly Update" with updates on the thousands of families and individuals who have been helped through our Countywide movement to combat and prevent homelessness.

This issue includes Measure H Success Stories, recent activities of the Homeless Initiative and its partners, and key implementation updates for Measure H-funded strategies.

 

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http://homeless.lacounty.gov

 

 

Organizations: Please Endorse the City’s New Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance

 

Below is the link to a letter for organizations to declare their support for the city’s new Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance, as well as a link to the city’s FAQ sheet with further information. If you represent an organization concerned with homelessness in Los Angeles County please consider adding your organization’s name to the list of supporters by filling out the signature portion of the letter and clicking on SUBMIT.

 

Link to the Sign-on Letter

   

Link to the city’s FAQ on the ordinance

 

LAHSA: Notice of Policy Development: Housing Protections Under the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) and subsequent guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) establish new housing protections for individuals participating in HUD-funded housing programs who are survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. In response, LAHSA is in the process of developing a policy for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, to include protections for survivors of violence in all LAHSA-funded housing programs.

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LAHSA Documents on Important Changes in HUD Veteran Housing Funding

Below are links to two documents in PDF form issued by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority regarding important changes in HUD’s funding for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH). The first is a three-page letter  dated October 23, 2017, from Peter Lynn, LAHSA’s Executive Director.

The second is a one-page fact sheet on veteran homelessness dated October 2017.

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Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Quarterly Report No. 7, November 9, 2017

This is the seventh quarterly report by the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Officer, Sachi A. Hamai on the county’s Homeless Initiative recommendations.

On February 9, 2016, the Board of Supervisors (Board) approved the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative (HI) recommendations, which included 47 Strategies to combat homelessness, and instructed the Chief Executive Office (CEO) to report back to the Board on a quarterly basis regarding the implementation status and outcomes of each Strategy. On December 6, 2016, the Board approved four new strategies as part of the Measure H ordinance. These Strategies are now also included in the CEO’s quarterly reports. This is the seventh quarterly report that the CEO has provided to the Board. The report addresses the implementation status of the 51 Homeless Initiative Strategies with highlights and impact stories, status of Board directives and motions, and other key HI activities.

 

Click here to read or download the full 43 page PDF of the report.

 

Public Hearings for Permanent Supportive Housing and Interim Motel Conversion Ordinances

The City of Los Angeles is preparing to adopt two new ordinances aimed at reducing homelessness. One is on policy for creating Permanent Supportive Housing, and the other on Interim Motel Conversions for the homeless. For each ordinance we are posting three PDF documents below: (1) The notice of the public hearings, (2) the proposed text of the ordinance, and (3) the city’s FAQ answering questions about how the ordinance is to work.

Two hearings are to be held on both ordinances together.

 DATE: Monday, September 25, 2017
TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
First Floor Public Meeting Room 1A/1B
6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91401

DATE: Thursday, September 28, 2017
TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1060
200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

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New Coordinated Entry System Policies Available For Public Comment

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

  This month, access-related policies are available for public comment. Click here to review them. 

Once you have reviewed them, you are invited to provide feedback for the CES Policy Council's consideration. The  survey on LAHSA's website linked above will remain open until 5:00 pm on September 28, 2017. 

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LA County Supervisors Approve Plan for Measure H Funds

Chris Ko, Director of Homeless Initiatives for United Way and manager of Home For Good, addresses June 13 press conference in front of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' building on West Temple Street, announcing the supervisors' approval of a $1 billion budget for the first three years of the sales tax money for the homeless from Measure H.

The LA County Board of Supervisors approved the recommendations of the 50 member Measure H Revenue Planning Group for the first three years of income from the sales tax increase for the homeless, which passed in last March’s election. The quarter-cent sales tax increase is expected to generate $259 million in its first year and as much as $1 billion in the first three years. The money is to be divvied up between six basic strategies to contain homelessness, adopted by the county in February 2016.

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What’s the Story on Linkage Fees for Affordable Housing?

Mayor Garcetti at October 2015 Mayoral Summit where he announced his goal of getting linkage fees from developers to finance affordable housing.

Los Angeles has the least affordable housing in the United States. It is short some 500,000 units of housing for its population. Rising population, which pushes up land, materials, and labors costs, has made affordable housing in California a mostly unprofitable investment. Cities throughout the state have found themselves facing chronic and deepening housing shortages, with increasingly unaffordable rents. The response has been to look to government subsidies to try to fill the gap.

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County Homeless Initiative Holds Conference, Issues One-Year Progress Report

In February 2016 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a 47-point strategy to combat homelessness under the title the Homeless Initiative. One year later, on February 8, 2017, they sponsored the First Annual Homeless Initiative Conference. Little reported (no article in the LA Times), almost 500 civic leaders gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for an all-day session.

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Homelessness in South Los Angeles - Marqueece Harris-Dawson

 Following is a position paper on homelessness in South Los Angeles issued in February 2016 by Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Council member for District 8 in South Los Angeles. He is co-chair of the City Council's Homelessness and Poverty Committee.  We have retained the source notes at the end but they do not hotlink to the main text. A downloadable PDF of this document is available HERE.

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Homelessness in South Los Angeles

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The primary purpose of this paper is to provide a thorough understanding of homelessness in Los Angeles as it pertains to the Eighth City Council District and South Los Angeles more broadly. On January 13, 2016, the City of Los Angeles released a Comprehensive Homeless Strategy detailing over 60 strategies to combat homelessness. The citywide view is sweeping, expansive, and comprehensive, but falls short when detailing the geographic and demographic particularities of South Los Angeles. While I support implementation of all strategies within the Comprehensive Homeless

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LA's First Steps on Plans to End Homelessness

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana released his office's first quarterly report November 7 on Los Angeles' ambitious new agenda to end homelessness. The most optimistic achievement was the passage of Proposition HHH the next day, committing the city to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to qualified developers to construct 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing over ten years.

For the rest, there are many promising accomplishments, but a few serious warning signs of trouble to come. Santana concedes at the outset that until this year, the city's main investment has been in crisis intervention, "largely relying on funding emergency shelter beds, with no clear path to long-term recovery."

In the short-term, this must still be the government's focus until new housing units begin to come online some years from now.  The immediate priorities are to increase storage facilities, and create mobile showers and safe parking locations. It is just here, however, that the first quarter has been least successful.

Trouble Getting Infrastructure Off the Ground

At this time, there is only one location in the city to store homeless people's possessions. It is downtown in Skid Row. Three new ones were under consideration. The one in San Pedro was soon abandoned due to community opposition. One in CD9 on east Washington Blvd. was dropped because rehab costs were too high. And the third, a city-owned, long-vacant senior center in Venice, was approved, but that led to an uproar from the community. The city is considering some kind of mobile storage as an alternative.

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