Building on their regional approach to homelessness, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced an award of more than $3.8 million in Measure H funding to bolster the work of cities in implementing city-specific plans to deal with and prevent homelessness. West Hollywood received $300,000 and Malibu received $76,660 for a total of $376,660. West Hollywood received funds for a study of city-owned and alternative sites for bridge and permanent housing. Malibu received funds to hire a housing navigator.
Awards are intended to fund a variety of homeless reduction strategies such as modular housing, ADUs (“granny flats”), property acquisition for interim and permanent housing, and staff to provide services to men and women experiencing homelessness. See a list of all submissions and awards. City applicants not funded at this time will have an opportunity to resubmit proposals based on specific guidance and with the support of the County Homeless Initiative and United Way.
“I am extremely proud of the work of the cities of West Hollywood and Malibu. Today’s announcements show that we are prepared to put our money where our mouth is,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Only the active collaboration of County and cities will ensure that all residents of Los Angeles County have a roof over their heads.”
As of November 2018, the County’s expanded homelessness efforts, including outreach, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, supportive housing, and benefits advocacy for homeless disabled adults, have resulted in thousands of people receiving much-needed help. A total of 9,635 homeless families and individuals have been placed in permanent housing. During the same 15-month time period, 18,714 people entered crisis, bridge and interim housing.
The LA County Homeless Initiative, created by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, is charged with combating and preventing homelessness throughout the County. The Chief Executive Office/County Homeless Initiative provides oversight and hands-on guidance to deploy the infusion of funds from the landmark Measure H sales tax for services and programs in order to maximize the alignment and effectiveness of this unprecedented commitment. For more information, visit the County’s Homeless website and follow them on Facebook.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization fighting to end homelessness and poverty by providing students with support needed to graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce, providing housing for our homeless neighbors, and helping hard-working families become financially stable. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change.