Overview of LAHSA
In December of 1993, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Mayor and City Council created the Los Angeles Homeless
Services Authority (LAHSA) as an independent, joint powers authority. LAHSA's primary role is to coordinate the effective and efficient utilization
of federal and local funding in providing services to homeless people throughout Los Angeles City and County.
LAHSA is the lead agency in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, which is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services for
homeless families and individuals in Los Angeles County. LAHSA coordinates and manages over $243 million annually in federal, state, county,
and city funds for programs that provide shelter, housing, and services to homeless persons in Los Angeles City and County.
Through LAHSA, funding, program design, outcomes assessment and technical assistance is provided to more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies that
assist homeless persons achieve independence and stability in permanent housing. Our partner agencies provide a continuum of programs ranging from
outreach, access centers, emergency shelters, safe havens, transitional and permanent housing, and prevention, along with the necessary supportive
services designed to provide the tools and skills required to attain a stable housing environment.
Additionally, LAHSA partners with both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles to integrate services and housing opportunities
to ensure wide distribution of service and housing options throughout the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.