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State Funding in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care: HEAP and CESH

September 13, 2018 | September 19, 2018 | 2,877 total views

The State of California will be making a $500 million one-time allocation to address homelessness, with funding flowing to cities and continuums of care across the state later this fall. The Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) expects to receive approximately $80 million in new funding to expand and enhance our work to combat homelessness through the new Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP).

The LA CoC is seeking input from service and housing providers, persons with lived experience of homelessness, and other partners on an expenditure plan for this new one-time state funding. In addition to community meetings throughout the LA CoC, LAHSA is seeking input on the proposed plan through an online survey. Following extensive community input (see update below for details on feedback), LAHSA will be presenting a revised recommended expenditure plan to the LAHSA Commission for approval.

In addition to HEAP funding, LAHSA expects to receive an additional $10 million in state funding through the new California Emergency Solutions and Housing program (CESH) in late 2018.

LAHSA is grateful for the extensive time and input from the LA CoC community on the draft expenditure plan as we continue to refine our shared vision for ending homelessness. The survey closed on August 31st. The results of input received both through the surve and the community meetings are summarized below in a memo below—in addition, documents outlining all feedback received through community meetings and the survey are listed below.. The final expenditure plan will be submitted to the LAHSA Commission for final approval at the end of September.

Key Dates for HEAP:

Throughout August       Plan presented to Los Angeles Continuum of Care SPA Quarterly Community Meetings 
August 17 and 21  Plan presented to Lived Experienced Groups for input
September 5  HEAP application opens
September 6  Plan presented to Regional Homeless Advisory Council for input
September 12  Plan presented to Los Angeles Continuum of Care Board for input
September 21   Plan presented to LAHSA Policy and Planning Committee
September 28  Plan presented to LAHSA Commission for final approval
Early October  Application submitted by LAHSA to state
Late October  Early distribution of state funds begins
December 31  HEAP Round 1 application closes









Please click the links below to see feedback received from both the online survey and community input sessions conducted throughout the month of August. Documents below show all comments received via online survey, divided by strategy. Additionally, the excel file provided below shows feedback on all strategies provided at in-person community meetings, sorted by meeting (tabs in the file are labeled by date of session and Service Planning Area). A memo below also provides a summary of the feedback received, along with LAHSA’s responses to this feedback. If you have any questions about how this feedback was compiled and presented, please contact Alex Visotzky at

Public Input on Prevention and Diversion
Public Input on Rapid Re-Housing
Public Input on Strengthening CES
Public Input on Interim Housing
Public Input on Other Uses
HEAP Community Meeting Feedback (excel file)

About the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA):  The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) 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 over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.


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