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CES Placed More Families In Interim Housing During 2017-2018
September 06, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (September 6, 2018) – A significantly higher number of Los Angeles County families were placed in interim and rapid re-housing in fiscal year 2017-2018 than in 2016-2017, according to information provided by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The data also shows that the Coordinated Entry System (CES) assessed and enrolled more families in 2017-2018 than the previous year and prevented more of them from falling into homelessness.
“Along with the reduction in the overall population experiencing homelessness, these numbers indicate that funds from Measure H are making a difference,” said Peter Lynn, LAHSA’s Executive Director. “As a result of having more people in the field and strengthening CES, we have been able to serve more families.”
Lynn said the construction of new units will enable provider agencies to place a greater number of these families into permanent housing.
In 2017-2018, a total of 2,833 families were enrolled in rapid re-housing, compared with 1,965 the previous year. A total of 1,697 families were enrolled into interim housing in 2017-2018, compared with 696 in 2016-2017.
The latest data represent families who specifically experienced homelessness during 2017-2018.
The Homeless Prevention Program, which is designed to prevent families from becoming homeless by assisting them to retain and stabilize their current housing, served 711 new families in FY 17-18. The program served 381 families the prior year. A total of 958 households were served through the program. Of the families that exited, 350, or 73 percent, retained permanent housing.
In 2017-2018, CES assessed 4,468 families, as opposed to 3,750 in 2016-2017. A total of 4,063 families were enrolled in the system in 2017-2018, up from 2,578 the previous year.
Diversion, which was introduced in 2017-2018, is designed to support families to locate safe, appropriate alternatives once a family has become homeless. More than 950 families were assessed, and a total of 803, or 84% of families were successfully diverted.
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 homeless persons. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.