Measure H Funds Used To Increase Bridge Housing For Women
March 02, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (March 2, 2018) – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission has approved the allocation of $2.5 million in Measure H funds to expand bridge housing for women in Los Angeles County.
The funds will enable four providers to add 115 beds for women 18 and over beginning April 1.
The bridge housing program includes intake, assessment and case management; residential supervision and security; restrooms, showers, and meals; direct clinical services; and crisis intervention, all geared to the goal of providing permanent housing.
“This allocation is another example of Measure H funds addressing a critical need in homeless services,” said Peter Lynn, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
The population of women experiencing homelessness has shown a significant rise in recent years. In 2017, the figure was 17,882, a 16% increase over the previous year. Between 2009 and 2016, there was a 70% increase in the number of unsheltered women experiencing homelessness.
As a result, LAHSA in 2016 convened the Ad Hoc Committee on Women and Homelessness, which consisted of advocates and experts looking at how to best serve this growing population. In August 2017, the Committee released a series of key recommendations regarding women and homelessness.
They include rigorous funding of rapid re-housing, increasing the per diem rate for interim housing, enhancing shelter standards to be inclusive of gender diversity, and accounting for the needs of women in all funding decisions.
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.