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Los Angeles, CA (August 4, 2017) – Rabbi Noah Farkas has been approved unanimously by the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission to serve as Commission Chair for the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioner Wendy Greuel has been approved as the Commission’s Vice Chair.
Farkas, who was appointed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, will begin his role as the Commission Chair at the August 25 Commission Meeting. He was appointed to the LAHSA Commission in 2015 and has served as a member of the Programs and Policy Committee and an alternate member of the Programs and Evaluations Committee.
Farkas was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2008. He currently serves as a rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom, the San Fernando Valley’s largest Jewish community; where he connects members to each other and to the larger Los Angeles community through service programs and education.
In addition to his work at VBS, Farkas founded Netiya, a faith-based network that advances urban agriculture in synagogues, schools, and non-profit organizations in Los Angeles. Netiya converts unused land at our institutions to grow food and organize communities. Before that, Farkas served as the Student Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Biloxi, Mississippi where he helped rebuild the Gulf Coast Jewish community after Hurricane Katrina.
In 2014, Rabbi Farkas began leading the faith community of Los Angeles to address the growing homelessness crisis. He helped form the largest housing coalition in the County’s history working with communities of faith, NGOs, and business interests.
“This is a critical year for LAHSA, the voters have decided to take on the homelessness crisis head-on and I am truly humbled to lead the LAHSA Commission as we expand capacity and try to show the world what a caring, justice-oriented region looks like,” said Farkas.
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 $243 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.