LA Homeless

In late June, the California State Legislature and the governor’s office reached an agreement to allocate $650 million in one-time funding to support local governments in their efforts to address homelessness, marking one of the largest investments in state funding to date for homelessness. Under the new Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program (HHAPP), California’s 13 most populous cities are set to receive the largest share of funding at $275 million, with counties and Continuum of Care programs (CoCs) eligible to receive $175 million and $190 million, respectively.

The new program underscores the urgent need for new investments in permanent linkages to housing. Eligible uses for HHAPP funds include, but are not limited to, rental assistance, Rapid Re-housing, operating subsidies for affordable and supportive housing, systems support, as well as short-term interventions including shelter operations and diversion. Jurisdictions must expend a minimum of 8% of program funds to address youth homelessness.

As part of the planning process, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) will seek input from the community, including service and housing providers, persons with lived experience of homelessness, partner cities and other system stakeholders later in the fall to ensure that these new state funds support and enhance the important work occurring across the Los Angeles region. LAHSA will be required to submit an application on behalf of the LA CoC by February 15, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Alex Visotzky, legislative affairs manager, avisotzky@lahsa.org.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages $400 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to people experiencing homelessness.

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