Public Comment Opportunity
Update: In October 2018, LAHSA released draft policy guidance entitled "Principles and Practices for Local Responses to Unsheltered Homelessness: Guidance for Municipalities" for a two-week public comment period set to end on November 2, 2018. In response to requests to extend the comment period and to ensure a broad range of community voices have the opportunity to participate, the new closing date is December 3, 2018. Thank you to those of you who worked to meet the original deadline and have already provided comments.
Draft Policy Guidance Summary: This guidance recognizes the significant health and safety stressors that street homelessness poses for the entire community, especially those living on the streets, and recommends a framework for effective engagement founded on four key principles. It is meant to ensure that municipal responses work toward solution-focused practices that make meaningful service connections to end our neighbors' homelessness.
Provide Your Feedback: LAHSA welcomes community feedback at this stage of guidance development. Click here to share your feedback. Public comment will remain open through December 3, 2018 at 2 pm.
Learn More: LAHSA's policy guidance seeks to support best practices and align strategies across the County. This effort is part of a larger, national conversation that encourages communities to explore alternatives to an enforcement-based approach to street-based homelessness. See the National Alliance to End Homelessness's website for more background on this topic.
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.