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Career Pathways For County Clients

This week the Board passed a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Hilda Solis to design and create a pathway to securing good quality, sustainable jobs for those enrolled in a variety of LA County programs. Our clients often face significant barriers to employment but are not part of other targeted worker programs in the County.

While County Programs provide critical services and essential financial support, they are not, by themselves, sufficient to lift individuals and families out of poverty and homelessness. Additionally, many of the folks who are dependent on the County’s safety net services and programs find it extremely difficult to get training and jobs that can help them break the cycle of poverty. They may have experienced homelessness, or previous involvement in the youth and/or adult justice systems, or the hardships faced by single mothers or others receiving safety net services.

Our plan is to recruit, hire and train individuals from these populations, creating meaningful opportunities for stable and long-term employment that will empower and uplift our constituents.

Our motion is the first step in building a Countywide Career Pathways Program, one that can be expanded to most, if not all, County departments.

This motion continues the County’s commitment to create economic opportunity and advance employment equity for all our residents.

Read More: A Pathway from County Safety Net to County Jobs

Happy 50th to Boys & Girls Club of Venice

I was very pleased to welcome the Boys & Girls Club of Venice to the Board Meeting this week in honor of their 50th Anniversary!

The Board of Supervisors is committed to ensuring that every young person in Los Angeles County has the tools and support he or she needs to succeed. Community nonprofits serve as crucial partners in this work, and some of the oldest, and most steadfast, are our Boys & Girls Clubs.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice is to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. They serve more than 3,500 at-risk youth every year, and over the last five decades, they have helped build confidence and skill in over 125,000 children and teens!

For 50 years, the Boys & Girls Club has supported and uplifted our youth, and I was happy to celebrate them this week!

Supporting Youth Diversion & Development

The Board of Supervisors is committed helping our young residents transition successfully into adulthood, and we are affirming the need to support, rather than punish, at-risk youth.

In November 2017, a Youth Diversion & Development division (YDD) was established within the Office of Diversion & Reentry. YDD is tasked with creating a new, comprehensive model of youth diversion that will connect youth with community-based services that support their development instead of arrest or citation.

The ultimate goal is to reduce young people’s involvement with the justice system in Los Angeles County.

The steering committee for the Youth Diversion & Development division met in May and this week they presented a report to the Board. The committee has been working with local police departments, community-based organizations, and various stakeholders including members of the community to advance an evidence-informed, coordinated, and comprehensive model of youth diversion and youth development. The Department of Health Services will award contracts to service providers that can work with youth on a case by case basis, identifying risk factors and helping them overcome the challenges they face, with an emphasis on caretaker support and trauma-responsive care. The division will use technology to track data and outcomes so that they may continuously improve their methods.

I am proud that Los Angeles County is investing in community efforts to help our youth thrive!

Census LUCA Day

Census 2020 may seem like a long way away, but critical planning efforts are already in full swing in the County of Los Angeles!

Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis authored a motion that proclaims June 23rd, 2018 “Census LUCA Day,” and encourages County employees to participate in the Census LUCA process. But what exactly does “LUCA” even mean? I’m so glad you asked!

The County is partnering with several community-based organizations to help complete the Local Update of Census Addresses Count (called LUCA.) In addition to traditional dwellings like houses and apartments, a lot of people in Los Angeles County live in what are called “non-traditional dwellings.” People may be living in illegally converted garages or accessory dwelling units, and we want to make sure they are counted too to ensure a “fair and complete count of all persons” as outlined by the Constitution. LUCA Volunteers go out to hard-to-survey communities and use an app to mark these non-traditional dwellings geographically. LUCA Volunteers are ONLY interested in identifying these non-traditional dwellings to make sure all Angelenos are counted, they are not enforcement nor will they share the information with anyone outside of the Census 2020 process!

It’s estimated that every new address identified by the LUCA count generates on average $6,000 in federal funding, so it is imperative we make sure to identify as many addresses as possible!

Affordable Housing Update

The offices of the CEO and the Community Development Commission presented a comprehensive report on the state of affordable housing in the County.

The County has leveraged an investment of $182 million into a total of $1.7 billion in public and private funds towards the construction of 3,362 affordable apartments over the last five years. Two- thirds of these units were reserved for people struggling with homelessness, mental illness and physical disabilities.

Our homeless crisis is fed by our affordable housing crisis, and, in recognition of this, the County has embarked on addressing the homeless/affordable housing crisis in a number of ways. We have not solved the problem yet, but every time we house 1,000 people, that’s 1,000 more people who are stably housed and not on the street or at risk of falling into homelessness.

This report reflects the visionary and innovative work being done across the County, and we will continue this work until we solve our housing problems.

Read More: LA County leverages $1.7 billion in public and private funds for affordable housing