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Executive Director Michael Arnold, LAHSA poses with employees at his last All Staff monthly meeting, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. “This one of my favorite times with employees that I will dearly miss, especially the volunteer choir,” he said. Arnold started the birthday choir for employees who were late to the meeting and if they came after 3pm they had to stand front and center and sing, “This is your birthday song, this is your birthday song, it doesn’t last very long…”

Back on My Feet Honors LAHSA Exec. Dir. Michael Arnold

Back on My Feet Birthday Bash and Fundraiser spotlighted Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Executive Director Michael Arnold for nearly 10 years of service in the agency’s effort to end homelessness and for LAHSA’s support of BOMF. The goal was to raise $250, 000 to help the BOMF’s help the homeless.


Executive Director Michael Arnold accepting his award for nearly a decade of outstanding services at LAHSA and support for Back on My Feet. BOMF is a national organization and nonprofit to help homeless people and people down on their luck. The event was held over the weekend at the LAX Marriot. Photo courtesy BOMF


Steve Renahan from LAHSA's partner Shelter Partnership, Inc. facilitates a meeting at LAHSA for homeless veteran service providers. The group is coordinating a major expansion throughout LA County of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, a rapid rehousing and homeless prevention for veterans. On Steve's right are Milo Peinemann form New Directions for Veterans, Amy Turk from the Downtown Women's Center, and Bonnie Roth from San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health.

LAHSA Potluck Halloween Luncheon

LAHSA Winter Shelter Program
HACLA Sec. 8 Director, Peter Lynn pays Executive Director Michael Arnold a visit for a transition meeting and took time to come to the LAHSA Halloween Potluck event. Lynn takes over the reins as executive director Dec. 1, 2014.

E.D. Michael Arnold Retirement Dinner

Michael Arnold Retirement Dinner with LAHSA Commissioners. (L-R) George McQuade III, Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Booker Pearson, Chairperson, Kerry Morrison, Executive Director Michael Arnold, Flora Gil Krisiloff and Mike Neely at the Athletic Club last night (Wed., Nov. 5, 2014)


The Super NOFA Team - moments after clicking on the button to submit $91 million in HUD grant applications in a new record time in meeting HUD’s deadline. (L-R) Clementine Verjan, E.D. Michael Arnold, Joshua Decell, Anna Reich, Dan Fisher, Whitney Lawrence, Sylvia Williams, Senior Funding Analyst Nancy Ma (not pictured), Rhonda Wilson(not pictured) and Yesica Leiva(not pictured) of the main LAHSA Super NOFA Team. Congratulations on completing the project!

LAHSA Commissioner Shane Murphy Goldsmith & E.D. Michael Arnold

LAHSA Commissioner Shane Murphy Goldsmith & E.D. Michael ArnoldLAHSA's newest Commissioner Shane Murphy Goldsmith with Executive Director Michael Arnold at the special LAHSA Commission meeting Wed., Oct. 08, 2014.

LAHSA Winter Shelter Program

LAHSA Winter Shelter Program Winter shelter managers and providers huddle at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority headquarters to learn the latest regulations and changes as they prepare for three-month program that starts in December.

HACLA HR Director at LAHSA Toastmasters

HACLA HR DIRECTOR AT LAHSA TOASTMASTERS HACLA HR Director Caroline Chung (second from the right) was the keynote speaker this week at LAHSA Toastmasters. Also pictured Happi Noel, president, LADWP Toastmasters member Bill Jones, LAHSA Toastmaster Founder George McQuade III. An international Toastmaster and HACLA Risk Manager Blanca Macris were also present at the meeting. The next meeting is set for October 30, 2014 and it is open to the public.

2014 HUD NOFA Competition Released

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 component of the FY 2013 - 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition was released by HUD on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Please visit our funding page for more information.


Homeless But Not Hopeless


Mike ArnoldLAHSA Commissioner and Reverend Kevin Sauls, Executive Director Michael Arnold accepts the appreciation award for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority with Reverend Gerald Thompson, Board Chairman, Pathways to Your Future during the "Homeless But Not Hopeless" Community Plan Launch at the Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, 90018.


LAHSA Toastmasters

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(L-R) Bill Jones (LADWP), Ismael Carpio, Jose Najera, Commissioner and Dr. Owen Newcomer, George McQuade III, Maged Azer, Happi Noel, and Brenda Threatt, (LAHSA) poses for LAHSA Toastmasters, Sept. 18, 2014 at LAHSA Headquarters in Downtown L.A. The public organization, which is open to the outside members meets every third Thursday. On Oct., 09, 2014, Director Caroline Chung, HACLA is the keynote speaker.

Commissioner Adamson at LAHSA Toastmasters

LAHSA Toastmasters President Happi Noel, finance dept. poses with Commissioner Larry Adamson, who shows that employees do have fun as he receives “Best Speaker” ribbon award at a recent LAHSA Toastmasters club meeting. The next one, which is open to the public is Thursday, Sept. 18th, Noon featuring HACLA HR Director Caroline Chung. Oct. 9th features Commissioner Owen Newcomer.

Special Joint Public Meeting of LAHSA and the CoC Council

Full house at August monthly LAHSA Commission, a special join public meeting of the Los Angeles Homeless Services and the Los Angeles Continuum of Care Coordinating Council. Both entities were briefed by Matt White, HUD technical assistance representative on CoC Fund and 2014 Planning Guidance.


The World Networks 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year

The World Networks 2014 “Entrepreneur of the Year” Judge George McQuade III, director of Communications, LAHSA and LAHSA Homeless Services Manager Brenda Threatt on the red carpet to the annual event, where McQuade talked about homelessness in the Greater LA area and put out a call for volunteers and a celebrity spokesman. Click here to view the list of winners.


LAHSA Commission Meeting

Executive Director Michael Arnold congratulates outgoing Chairman Larry Adamson, LAHSA Commission, who is replaced by newly elected Commissioner Kerry Morrison to serve as the new Chairperson. Adamson, who heads the Midnight Mission in downtown LA will continue to serve on the board.


10 Year Old Donates Birthday Gifts to Homeless

(L-R) Stacey Shepherd, mother, Riley Shepherd, daughter, Jeanette Rowe, director of Homeless Services and Lyndi Bell, Emergency Response Team, LAHSA delivered a check for $25 and an SUV loaded with birthday gifts and toys for children at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown L.A. More photos at LAHSA BLOG: http://lahsacommunications.org


LAHSA Elects New Commission Chairperson

Commissioner Kerry Morrison Commissioner Kerry Morrison LAHSA has elected Commissioner Kerry Morrison as the new Chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Commission. Commissioner Mike Neely was elected Vice Chair of LAHSA Commission. Congrats to both. For more background on both visit and subscribe to our blog: http://lahsacommunications.org.

A letter from Ann Oliva, Ann Marie Oliva Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs to Grant Recipients, CoC Leaders and Stakeholders (more)

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CA Housing and Community Development Announces $8.3 Million in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

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Funding: RFI Extended Deadline

2015 Greater Homeless Count RFI now due July 11,2014.

Go to Funding page

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

Ayisha Payne &  Asriel thank LAHSA for ending their homelessness

Ayisha Payne and Daughter Asriel will be featured in LAHSA’s Annual video report. They were assisted by Upward Bound House with a grant from LAHSA and First 5. Ms. Payne, who worked with disabled children for four years, lost her job and later became homeless due to a head-on collision. She talks about how she survived two car accidents.

CAL-Works Program Celebration

CAL-Works Program Celebration

Above are the employees honored today at the 10 yr. celebration for outstanding services in Homeless Cal-Works Family Project. They teamed up with hundreds of families –they encouraged, supported and guided them through meaningful transitions from homelessness to stable housing over the last decade. The project was a collaborative between DPSS CalWorks, DHM and LAHSA.

Clementina Verjan Awarded

Clementina Verjan Awarded

Executive Director Michael Arnold congratulates Clementina Verjan, Planning Manager, for 15 outstanding years at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) at the All-Hands employee meeting this month. Congrats!

Daniel Fisher Awarded

Daniel Fisher Awarded

Executive Director Michael Arnold presents Daniel Fisher, Programs Unit Manager a certificate for 15 years of service at a monthly “All-Hands” meeting at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)

LAHSA Filming at Skid Row

Wildwood Middle School tours LAHSA

Floyd Fluellen, LAHSA Homeless Services being interviewed on Skid Row, downtown LA, by Videographer and Film Editor Ali Aletaha, ASVA Films, Hollywood, CA, who's producing an annual video report on LAHSA due out soon.

Wildwood Middle School Tours LAHSA

Wildwood Middle School tours LAHSA

Wildwood Middle School tours LAHSA. Rozmin Tirmizi with 7th graders Iman Timizi and Darien Mostofi stopped by the ERT Team of Homeless Services to learn more about homelessness and the services we offer for their class documentary and school project. The students also toured IT, Programs, Policy and Planning depts.

Mike Montana – Formerly Homeless for 6 Years


LAHSA'S Homeless Services assisted Mike Montana move into his new home at Star Apartments in downtown L.A. after being homeless since 2008.(L-R) Floyd Fluellen, Mr. Montana and Gilbert Jimenez, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Tuberculosis Prevention Award


Executive Director Michael Arnold proudly displays LAHSA’s award at all staff meeting last Friday. The award is for contributions to improving community health through the control and prevention of Tuberculosis (TB). LAHSA IT department created a technology application and system to track TB among the homeless and worked with the DPH TB Control Program and the DPH Community Health Service clinics.

Moore Twins ERT


(l-r) Twin Sade Moore, Janet Denise Kelly, Founder, CEO, Sanctuary of Hope, Twin Renay Moore and Intern Navin Bourland all attending LATTC. The Moore Twins were homeless at LAX and are now attending college thanks to Sanctuary of Hope and LAHSA Emergency Response Team. Congratulations! The Twins will be featured in the LAHSA Annual Report in the works.

Commission Spotlights 10 yrs. Pearl Cortez & Regina Drummond


(L-R) Pearl Cortez, HCFP/ERT, Interim Program Mgr., Regina Drummond, ERT Outreach Service Coordinator and Executive Director Michael Arnold at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission Meeting Friday, Aprl 25, 2014, where both employees were recognized for 10 years of outstanding service to LAHSA. Congratulations!



Peter R. Kerndt, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Dir., CTCA, Exec. Director Michael Arnold, LAHSA and Data Analyst Steven Rocha. LAHSA received an award for contributions to improving community health through the control and prevention of Tuberculosis (TB). LAHSA created a technology application and system to track TB among the homeless and worked with the DPH TB Control Program and the DPH Community Health Service clinics.

LAHSA Toastmaster Club


International Toastmasters Lt. Governor Janet Walters speaks at the "Kickoff Meeting" of the new "LAHSA Toastmasters Club" launched late last week. Membership will be open to the public and Noon meetings will be held monthly. Officers of the new club will be elected at the next meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2014, Conf. #1 at Noon. (Feel free to bring you lunch).


UCLA Career Day
(l-r) UCLA Student Martha Washo, who's working on her Masters Degree in Public Policy and Eli Beller, Peace Studies major at UCLA stopped by the LAHSA table during the UCLA Career Day on Campus at Ackerman Center on the Westwood, CA campus.

LAHSA Five Year Services

Jose Menjivar & Gary Mitchell

LAHSA IT Support Specialist Jose Menjivar and Emergency Response Team Manager Gary Mitchell were recognized for five years of services at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority by the LAHSA Commission Friday, March 28, 2014.  “We try to keep up with the technology and everyone I worked with has a passion for their jobs,” said Menjivar. “Every day is challenging, because we never know who we are going to rescue or prevent from becoming homeless, which is why I love working at LAHSA,” said Mitchell. Congratulations!

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.

(L-R) Sandra Romero, Co-Chair, Rediscover MacArthur Park Alliance and owner of "Mama's Hot Tamales", Ana Gomez, field deputy, Councilman Gilbert Cedillo's office and Jeanette Rowe, director, LAHSA Homeless Services at Homeless Resources Day at MacArthur Park, March 11, 2004.

LAHSA Meets at LA Mayor Office

LAHSA Meets at LA Mayor Office
(L-R) Kelli Bernard, Deputy Mayor, Economic Development, LA Mayor's office, LAHSA Executive Director, Michael Arnold, Emily Williams, Director, Programs, Policy & Planning, LAHSA and Kevin Keller, Director of Planning & Housing Policy, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's office at L.A. City Hall.

United Homeless Healthcare Project (UHHP)

Winter Shelter Awards
Leslie Clarke, Executive Director of United Homeless Healthcare Project (UHHP) brought her group of Case Managers to visit LAHSA. Clementina Verjan, LAHSA Manager of Policy and Planning, gives the tour right before Friday’s training on the Healthcare Initiative.

LAHSA Winter Shelter Awards

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

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
LA County.

Commissioners Appreciation Award

Gimme Shelter
L-R) LAHSA Commissioner Booker Pearson, Intern R.M. McAuliffe, Commmissioner Mike Neely and CFO Chet Bieganski, LAHSA CFO. Bieganski's nephew McAuliffe, Albany, NY receives an appreciation award from the Commission on his last day of working in Los Angeles. LAHSA Commissioners, management and staff wish him much success.

Gimme Shelter Premiere

Gimme Shelter

Premiere night for Director/Writer Ron Klauss (center) of “Gimme Shelter” - a true story based on the life of Kathy DiFiore (far right), a homeless, pregnant teen, who rebounded, bought a house and started her own shelter for pregnant homeless teens in New Jersey. Also pictured are Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawn. The movie is being shown this week in nearly 400 theaters nationwide.

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), 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

Operation healthy Streets 2014

City of Los Angeles Public Works and Street Maintenance crews on the job for 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

This year's Winter Shelter program begins December 1st. Winter Shelter

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.

And please share our page with your friends and colleagues!

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.”

For more information on the 2103 Greater Homeless Count, click here or go to TheyCountWillYou.org.

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.

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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.

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 pdf 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 pdf 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. pdf

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). HC

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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