News and Announcements
LAHSA Elects New Commission Chairperson
A letter from Ann Oliva, Ann Marie Oliva Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs to Grant Recipients, CoC Leaders and Stakeholders (more)
CA Housing and Community Development Announces $8.3 Million in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
Funding: RFI Extended Deadline
2015 Greater Homeless Count RFI now due July 11,2014.
HUD VASH Program Vouchers Available
The Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration has HUD VASH Program Vouchers available. For more information, please visit the Veteran Resources Page.
Ayisha Payne & Asriel thank LAHSA for ending their homelessness
CAL-Works Program Celebration
Clementina Verjan Awarded
Daniel Fisher Awarded
LAHSA Filming at Skid Row
Wildwood Middle School Tours LAHSA
Mike Montana – Formerly Homeless for 6 Years
Tuberculosis Prevention Award
Moore Twins ERT
Commission Spotlights 10 yrs. Pearl Cortez & Regina Drummond
LAHSA Toastmaster Club
UCLA CAREER DAY
LAHSA Five Year Services
MacArthur Park Outreach
Los Angeles, CA- Rediscover MacArthur Park Alliance, a neighborhood initiative of the Institute for Urban Initiatives, in collaboration with the Office of Councilman Gilbert Cedillo (CD 1) sponsored a Homeless Resources Day in Mac Arthur Park on March 11, 2014. LAHSA staff, volunteers and LA County Dept. of Mental Health and other agencies teamed up to offer assistance to 70 homeless individuals. Sister Rosaline Vu, Good Seperd Center for homeless women and children also volunteered her time to help homeless at MacArthur Park.
LAHSA Meets at LA Mayor Office
United Homeless Healthcare Project (UHHP)
LAHSA Winter Shelter Awards
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority honored Winter Shelter Providers today. Patricia Nicks, (center), who has been homeless for 10 yrs spoke to the group at LAHSA. Executive Director Michael Arnold presented each provider and Winter Shelter contractor with a certificate of an appreciation for opening early and high accomplishments. HMIS collaborated internally with different departments (Contracts, Policy, Outcomes, Programs and HMIS team-Trainers/ IT team/ DA team) to plan for the project in advance to have a solid process. As a result for this WSP season we got 7 programs 100% data quality score and the rest of the programs 99% data quality score and above.
New LAHSA Director Appointed
Emily Williams was introduced at a LAHSA Commission meeting this month. Ms. Williams joined LAHSA as the new Director
of Programs, Policy and Planning in February, 2014. Williams joins us after a significant career in public policy and planning,
working with non-profits and local government here in Los Angeles.
LAHSA Offices Closed for Holiday
LAHSA's offices will be closed on Monday, February 17 in observation of President's Day.
If you are in need of immediate help, please call or visit
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Commissioners Appreciation Award
Gimme Shelter Premiere
Some 300 Hollywood celebs, homeless activists and stars of the new movie,”Gimme Shelter” packed into the Egyptian Theater for a powerful drama. The special fundraiser for the homeless was staged by BubbleFishMedia, who invited homeless services nonprofits and agencies to view the film. The movie based on the life of Founder Kathy Difiore, Several Sources Shelters, Inc. brings home the plight of Mothers & babies, who are homeless. Difiore, who was on the red carpet last night said, “We need to do more for the homeless. They’re no just drug addicts, they are people who have lost their job or family support," she said.
The true story is about 16 year old street-wise Apple (High School Musical Star. Vanessa Hudgens) has never had an easy life. Her mother, June Bailey (Rosario Dawson, Sin City and Seven Pounds), is an addict and prostitute, is verbally and physically abusive. She is grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps, but not without a fight.
Operation Healthy Streets 2014
In response to the developing health crisis on L.A.'s Skid Row, the City of Los Angeles has launched a comprehensive program to address the ongoing health hazards on the area's streets.
Dubbed Operation Healthy Streets, the program was initiated by the City’s Department of Public Works and includes an intensive, multi-day cleaning of the poverty-stricken neighborhood's streets and sidewalks. A release, which notes some of the other health hazards as rodent infestations and contaminated objects, says "the required cleanup will include street and sidewalk power washing and disinfection, which necessitates the removal of all items from the affected public rights-of-way."
To aid in this removal, the city along with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) have reached out daily to the homeless and other encampers to inform them of the cleaning and request that they move their belongings in advance. Two free property storage options -- 500 new storage bins at the Central City East Check-In Center and a secure warehouse on East Temple Street -- have been provided by the city for the area's inhabitants.
2013-2014 Winter Shelter Begins
The program provides 1,491 beds at 13 sites in 15 communities throughout the City and County of Los Angeles.
For more information, please visit our Winter Shelter page.
LAHSA Releases New Results from the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has released additional results from the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The results provide detailed information on homelessness across Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Continuum of Care and additional results by Service Planning Areas (SPAs) and County Supervisorial Districts.
To read these reports, please go to our Homeless Count page here.
FOX11 Midday Sunday News Features Michael Arnold, LAHSA Executive Director
Michael Arnold, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), was the featured guest last month on Midday Sunday, FOX11’s Sunday talk show. Host Tony Valdez and Michael Arnold discussed the results of the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count and new initiatives being led by LAHSA and our partners as we work together to prevent and end homelessness in Los Angeles County.
You can watch the episode by pressing play.
LAHSA Wants You to Join the Conversation
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has joined Facebook, where we will be sharing news, ground-breaking reports, compelling personal stories and other information on the fight to prevent and end homelessness in the Los Angeles region and across the nation.
To join us in this important conversation and to show your support, please follow this link and LIKE our new page: https://www.facebook.com/lahsa.org. Or click the Facebook icon at the bottom of this page.
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LAHSA Releases First Results of the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released the first results of its biennial Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, revealing a 16 percent increase since 2011 in the number of homeless men, women and children in Los Angeles County. The numbers show 57,737 homeless people in 2013 in the county, compared to 50,214 in 2011.
At the same time, the new results show a marked decrease in homeless veterans and homeless families. LAHSA will release more detailed breakdowns of data, including City of Los Angeles numbers, in the coming weeks.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen a significant reduction in federal resources available to fight homelessness,” said Michael Arnold, Executive Director of LAHSA. “The increase we see today in our homeless population demonstrates the direct relationship between resources to address the problem and our ability to have an impact.”
“For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs has significantly increased federal funding to end veteran’s homelessness. Because of that investment, we are seeing a 23 percent decrease in the number of homeless vets in Los Angeles,” said Arnold. “The response to the veteran’s crisis was swift and decisive and had bi-partisan support. This clearly demonstrates how the right resources, effectively targeted, can prevent and end homelessness.”
From Overseas to the Streets: Homeless Veterans Search for Jobs
When 62-year-old David Smedley and 27-year-old Roberto Hernandez clocked in to work at 7:30 in the morning this past winter, they did so knowing that their entire day would be spent searching the streets for homeless people. It wasn't glamorous work, but for Hernandez, Smedley, and 23 other veterans, it was a major step in their efforts to shed their own homeless label.
National Volunteer Week - April 21-27, 2013
Each year, organizations across the country commemorate National Volunteer Week as a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of civic involvement and leadership.
The week is supported and endorsed by President Obama, US Congress, governors, and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.
Each day, LAHSA and our many volunteers work with the most vulnerable people in our communities – the homeless men, women and children who are struggling to return to permanent and sustainable housing, and safe and healthy lives. Without the hard work, enthusiasm and support of our many volunteers, the work we do at LAHSA would not be possible.
Everyone at LAHSA wishes to thank the dedicated and extraordinary volunteers who work with us throughout the year. Our volunteers are helping to prevent a nd end homelessness in Los Angeles County!
Reaching Out: LAHSA Gives U.S.VETS Clients the Opportunity to Work with Homeless Individuals
US Vets, April 08, 2013 – Unemployment is a serious challenge for American veterans, particularly those transitioning from or at-risk of becoming homeless. Currently,the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is nearly twice the rate of the civilian population.
For the past two months, 25 U.S.VETS clients were hired by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to conduct in-person surveys with homeless people across Los Angeles County. Every two years, LAHSA – the lead homeless agency in the region – conducts a comprehensive count of homeless people in the county, which helps Congress and other stakeholders understand the extent of homelessness in our region. LAHSA then follows up the count with interviews with homeless individuals to find out more information about why they are homeless, where they come from, their age and other vital demographic information. As LAHSA’s Executive Director Michael Arnold says, understanding the problem is the first step to solving it. Our vets did amazing work on the two-month job. They started early, worked long days (rain or shine) and showed the professionalism, dedication, compassion and persistence needed to get more than 3,000 homeless people to participate in the interviews.
But LAHSA didn’t stop there. The agency then wrote up a summary of each of the veterans who had worked on the project and sent out a request to hundreds of their service providers, stakeholders and sister agencies, asking them to consider hiring the veterans in permanent jobs. With the boost of support from LAHSA, many unemployed vets are well on their way to finding meaningful employment again.
For more information about US Vets, click here.
NAEH’s State of Homelessness in America 2013 Report Released
Washington, D.C., April 9, 2013 – The National Alliance to End Homelessness today released its annual report on the economic, housing, and demographics factors that impact homelessness, The State of Homelessness in America 2013. The report analyzes national as well as state-by-state trends and the economic, housing, and demographic factors that impact homelessness.
Download your copy here.
Mayor Villaraigosa Appoints Reverend Kelvin Sauls to LAHSA Commission
Los Angeles, CA, March 29, 2013 – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) today announced that the Los Angeles City Council confirmed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointment of Reverend Kelvin Sauls to LAHSA’s Board of Commissioners.
For more information, please click here.
LAHSA Commemorates World Tuberculosis Day 2013
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is proud to join our homeless healthcare partners to support World Tuberculosis Day 2013, commemorated this year on March 24th. World TB Day, established by the World Health Organization, not only provides healthcare providers with an opportunity to acknowledge the milestones we have reached as we seek to end the transmission of TB, but it is an opportunity to review and assess the work ahead. This year’s theme for World TB Day is “Stop TB in My Lifetime.”
For more information, please click here.
Los Angeles Receives Almost $74 Million from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Fund Homeless Programs
Los Angeles, CA, March 20, 2013 – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) today announced that Los Angeles was awarded $73.9 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to renew and sustain funding for 203 community-based homeless programs. These programs comprise permanent supportive housing and services throughout the City and County of Los Angeles.
For more information, please click here.
The Family Solutions System
Changing the Way Homeless Families Access Services
The Family Solutions System (FSS) is a new system of service delivery in Los Angeles County, developed to improve and expedite the delivery of hou sing and other supportive services to homeless families in Los Angeles County, and those that are imminently at-risk of becoming homeless. The Family Solutions System (FSS) was developed by a collaboration of partner organizations and adopted in 2013 by the Los Angeles Homeless Continuum of Care, under the leadership of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Funding is provided by LAHSA and the City and County of Los Angeles.
For more information about the Family Solutions System, please click here.
LAHSA Completes Largest U.S. Homeless Count
In late January 2013, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) completed the largest count of homeless individuals and families in the United States. This is the fifth count conducted by LAHSA, a biennial effort that is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
More than 5,000 volunteers participated in the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, covering nearly all of the 4,000 square miles of Los Angeles County.
The count, which took place over three nights and one day, tallies the number of homeless individuals and families in the region. The data collected helps LAHSA assess the magnitude of homelessness in various communities and evaluate whether communities have made progress in their goals toward reducing and ultimately ending homelessness in Los Angeles.
The count also makes it possible to track changes that have occurred in the homeless population over time. For example, the 2011 homeless count revealed that the number of female military veterans experiencing homelessness had increased by 54 percent, prompting the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs office to increase resources for those veterans.
Volunteer participation is critical to the count. After completing a short training at one of 104 deployment centers, volunteers were assigned census tract maps, given flashlights, and asked to wear T-shirts identifying them as count volunteers. The teams then went out went out on foot to count the number of people outside or in cars, tents and other vehicles. Volunteers were urged to respect the privacy of the people they were counting by not asking them questions or invading their personal space.
Volunteers are trained to follow the definitions of homelessness established by HUD, which include people sleeping in their vehicles, in parks, in alleys, or on the sidewalk. LAHSA also counts people living in emergency shelters and in transitional housing, as well as people in institutions such as emergency rooms, jails and detention centers, and alcohol and drug treatment facilities.
Volunteers across the county were joined by city officials, community leaders and a number of elected officials. At South Los Angeles’ Holman Methodist Church, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas spoke to volunteers and then walked with them through Leimert Park to count the homeless in the area. In Westchester, Los Angeles City Council member Bill Rosendahl greeted volunteers and thanked them for their hard work and willingness to help those in need in their community.
In 2009, there were an estimated 52,931 homeless in Los Angeles County. In 2011, the number decreased slightly to 51,340, with continuing concentrations in downtown Los Angeles's Skid Row and in South Los Angeles. LAHSA will release a full report on the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count by midsummer. Although LAHSA is hopeful that this year’s numbers will also show a decrease, the continuing economic recession could mean an increase in the number of homeless individuals and families.
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- CA Housing and Community Development Announces $8.3 Million in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
June 16, 2014
- HUD announces funding for LA County Homeless Programs
April 10, 2014
- LAHSA Extends Winter Shelter Program Through Weekend Due to Storms
February 28, 2014
LAHSA in the News
Winter Shelters open early
The Examiner, December 13, 2013
- Homeless Population Shrinks Again, But Unevenly
NPR, November 21, 2013
Increase in L.A. County homeless population defies U.S. trend
LA Times, November 21, 2013