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Major Homelessness Council Convenes Wednesday
February 14, 2017
Regional Homelessness Advisory Council (RHAC) to hold first meeting
Los Angeles, CA (February 14, 2017) – Building on existing collaboration between homeless services agencies and providers, the Los Angeles Regional Homelessness Advisory Council (RHAC) will convene its inaugural meeting at 10:00am Wednesday.
The meeting will take place at the Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services headquarters, which is located at 3175 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, 90020.
Co-convened by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and Home for Good, the Advisory Council is the result of two of the County and City homeless strategies. It consists of 56 members from several stakeholder groups and will focus on connecting resources and services, spreading solutions, raising concerns, tracking progress on the Homeless Initiatives, and more.
“Los Angeles has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for collaboration to address homelessness, our most visible human crisis,” said LAHSA Executive Director Peter Lynn. “This Council, convened with our partners at Home For Good, and comprising leadership representatives across all sectors and all every area of the County, gives us an enduring forum to ensure that our work to align all our efforts, all our knowledge and all our resources will continue and strengthen in the future.”
“United Way of Greater Los Angeles believes that change doesn't happen alone - change happens when we unite across sectors to find solutions and mobilize resources – together,” said Chris Ko, Director of Homeless Initiatives at United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Ending homelessness is a responsibility that we all share, and the Regional Homeless Advisory Council is a tangible manifestation of that.”
“The City of LA's Comprehensive Homeless Strategy recognizes that regional coordination is necessary to address homelessness across Los Angeles County,” said City of Los Angeles Homeless Coordinator Meg Barclay. “The Regional Homelessness Advisory Council will play a critical role in promoting best practices and place-based solutions throughout the County. The City is eager to collaborate with our regional partners.”
The Advisory Council will meet on a quarterly basis and will also be responsible for selecting the LA Continuum of Care Board that will evaluate and make recommendations on LA Continuum of Care policies. The 12 service providers on the Council will act as members of an advising committee on Measure H, which would authorize a quarter percent county sales tax to fund homeless services.
The measure is on the March 7 County of Los Angeles ballot.
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 problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages more than $132 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information, visit www.lahsa.org.