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Homelessness in LA

What Can I Do?

Support these organizations working to end homelessness in L.A.

CCF’s Home L.A. Fund

Created in 2015 to deal with the growing issue of homelessness in Los Angeles County, the Home L.A. Fund is one of L.A.’s most effective funders of permanent supportive housing. The California Community Foundation has committed $1.5 million over three years to more than triple the production of permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles, building 1,000 units per year.

Here's the Situation

  • Approximately 47,000 L.A. County residents are homeless on a daily basis – enough to fill Dodger Stadium.
  • When the number of people who cycle in and out of homelessness over the course of a year is included, that homelessness figure in L.A. County rises beyond 100,000.
  • Approximately 13,000 people in Los Angeles County are considered “chronically homeless,” spending months and years on the streets and often suffering from mental illness and physical disabilities. (reference)
  • In the 2016 homeless count in Greater Los Angeles, there were 2,237 unaccompanied, unsheltered homeless youth (ages 18- 24). (reference)

Where do we go from here?

Homelessness is a complex issue. This is a diverse population of families and individuals whose common link is that they do not have of a home. The ways people become homeless and what they need to get back into a home vary widely. While some people only need temporary assistance, others may require intensive services. The goal is to connect everyone to the housing and services that best meet their needs.

Immediate help for people who are homeless includes shelters, food distribution, job training programs, and health care services, including mental health services.

Housing

In L.A. County, housing insecurity is a large issue. Vacancy rates are low and rents are high. Many people pay a large portion of their income on rent and if they lose their housing, it is very difficult to find a new, affordable place to rent.

Research shows that providing services without housing, or housing without services is not effective. But by combining housing with supportive services such as job training, case management and health care, we can make a real impact. This approach, known as permanent supportive housing (PSH), has been proven to be effective and can cut government costs for the chronically homeless by up to 75%.

Policy

On March 7, 2017, L.A. County voters approved Measure H to fund housing and critical services for homeless individuals. This special 10-year, 1/4 cent sales tax will cost the average consumer $1 a month but will generate $350 million annually for solutions that have been proven to prevent and end homelessness. Revenue generated from the approval of Measure H is projected to end homelessness for 45,000 people in the first five years and then prevent and end homelessness for another 30,000 people across Los Angeles County.

Prevention

Preventing homelessness requires strategies both to reduce the number of people who lose housing and also the number of people discharged into homelessness from institutions like jails, hospitals and foster care. In February 2016, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative published “Approved Strategies to Combat Homelessness,” which identifies four key ways for county agencies to work with partners to prevent homelessness through efforts such as rental subsidies for families, case management and employment services and improved discharge guidelines and services.