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LAHSA Relocates 20 Displaced Residents Of Antelope Valley Facility

August 09, 2017

LAHSA Relocates 20 Displaced Residents of Antelope Valley Facility

Los Angeles, CA (August 9, 2017) – Staff from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) moved quickly to relocate 20 homeless individuals from Lancaster Community Shelter, which closed Monday. The clients ranged from an 18-year-old young woman to an 87-year-old woman.

The diverse group of men and women experiencing homelessness, who had been staying at the shelter until its closure, had all been moved to new locations by 2 p.m. Monday.

A total of around 65 clients affected by the shelter’s closing were either permanently placed or temporarily sheltered with a plan for permanent housing. In addition to LAHSA, Grace Resources, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s SB-82 team, Mental Health America, and Valley Oasis were involved with placing and transporting clients.

“I’m proud of our team’s quick action to relocate those people who would have been put on the streets,” said Peter Lynn, LAHSA’s executive director. “Thanks to them, these vulnerable individuals spent last night with a roof over their head.”

The effort was led by Colleen Murphy, LAHSA’s outreach coordinator, and Jeffrey Proctor, LAHSA’s crisis housing coordinator. Five members of LAHSA’s Emergency Response Team were mobilized within hours to assist in transporting clients to their new temporary homes.

Prior to Monday, Murphy and Proctor contacted shelters both within and outside the Antelope Valley, seeking emergency beds for the displaced residents. Of the 20, 13 were placed in shelters in other locations, including Bell and Whittier. The others were placed in local temporary shelter beds or with family and friends.

In tandem, a broader team has also been supporting Antelope Valley homeless service agencies in their efforts to identify and secure longer term housing opportunities for those displaced by the shelter closure.

“It was like rapid match.com,” said Murphy.

Proctor said that during this period LAHSA will advise case managers from various agencies, who will continue to work with the clients to get them connected to rapid re-housing and permanent housing programs, or re-connected to family.

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.