To support, create and sustain solutions to homelessness in Los Angeles County by providing leadership, advocacy, planning, and management of program funding.
LAHSA Mission Statement

 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 non-profit 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 Angles Continuum of Care.


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LAHSA Commission

Continuum of Care

The LACoC has an estimated 43,854 homeless people (LA CoC excludes the cities of Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach). Los Angeles is the largest urban county in the nation at 4,083 square miles. While in some areas average incomes are amongst the highest in the country, there is also incredible poverty. Furthermore, Los Angeles is one of the most racially diverse and ethnically varied counties in the U.S. The political landscape is equally complex as the LACoC includes 85 separate cities. Many of these cities, including the City of Los Angeles are further divided into council districts. All cities and unincorporated areas are overlaid by one of five County Supervisorial Districts. To ensure local control and planning, LAHSA has divided the County into eight geographic areas designated as Service Planning Areas (SPA’s). Each SPA is expected to have a balance of homeless services. LAHSA helps coordinate efforts among agencies, businesses, community leaders, government agencies and elected officials to determine priority needs and services from a local, regional and county-wide basis.