On Tuesday, March 7th, Los Angeles County voters adopted Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax which will fund services for those affected by homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless, including physical and mental health care, housing services, case management, job counseling and substance abuse treatment.

Measure H is projected to generate about $355 million annually for homeless programs over ten years. It represents a key component of the County’s Homeless Initiative, an unprecedented collaboration that last year pinpointed 47 strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness. The approved measure will gradually help an estimated 45,000 families and individuals move from homelessness to permanent housing in the first five years—and enable 30,000 more to avoid becoming homeless.

Through quick and well-targeted spending, Measure H will directly benefit children, foster youth, seniors, victims of domestic abuse, people with disabilities, veterans, and other homeless adults — moving forward the ambitious but achievable goal: Real help, Lasting change.

“Passage of Measure H is a significant milestone in the County’s effort, in partnership with local cities and service providers, to reduce homelessness. I am so happy that the voters recognized the urgency of addressing this crisis, and of providing the resources needed to fund solutions to it,” Supervisor Kuehl said early Wednesday morning as the yes votes passed the two-thirds threshold. “We are on our way to reducing homelessness by helping people to stay housed, finding housing for those who don’t have a home and providing services necessary for folks to stay in their homes.”