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LAHSA Funds Innovative Host Home Program and Interim Housing

July 31, 2018

Los Angeles, CA (July 31, 2018) – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) plans to release a request for proposals in August for a variety of interim housing projects: transitional housing, bridge housing, crisis housing, and, for the first time, Host Homes for transition age youth who are 18-24 years old.

Interim housing is an umbrella term that refers to a range of short-term housing interventions. Programs differ in terms of services offered and the maximum length of stay.

The Host Home program started as a pilot program in West Los Angeles. Based on the program’s success, LAHSA is seeking to expand the pilot and fund one of these programs in each SPA using Measure H funds.

Each young person who participates in the Host Home Program will be matched with a community resident (“host”) and a room or shared room in the host’s owned or rented home. The hosts also live in the housing units. Youth may remain in the program for up to 12 months.

While participating in the program, young people will receive supportive services to help them meet goals related to employment and education, social and emotional well-being, housing, or other areas. Hosts will receive training and ongoing coaching and support, including support with crisis intervention.

Rent and utilities will be provided free of charge to all youth. Hosts may receive a maximum monthly stipend of $500.

“We are thrilled to expand this innovative housing model for young people in Los Angeles County,” said Will Lehman, Youth Coordinated Entry System manager at LAHSA. “We’ve seen Host Homes tested in a spectrum of communities—both urban and rural—across the country, including West Los Angeles, but this is among the largest scale implementations of this model to date. We’re eager to learn about how our county’s existing assets, including its residents and their homes, can move the needle towards ensuring experiences of youth homelessness in Los Angeles are rare, brief, and non-recurring.”

Government agencies and nonprofits can apply for funding. Nonprofits can only apply if they are certified as qualified bidders before the funding is announced.

In addition to seeking qualified providers, LAHSA is looking for operating facilities for providers that have not secured sites. Those interested in providing a facility should contact Thomas Wong at twong@lahsa.org.

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 $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.

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