On February 18, 2020, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) instructed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), in collaboration with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), the Commission on Older Adults (LACOA), the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Office of the Public Guardian, the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Beaches and Harbors, the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), the Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the Department of Regional Planning, and any other relevant County entities, and key stakeholders to report back with a comprehensive plan and recommendations to prevent and combat homelessness among older adults.
OLDER ADULT DASHBOARD
One of the recommendations by the BOS was: To develop data-sharing via robust public facing dashboards that target and track older adult data and service across these efforts. This month, the first iteration of LAHSA’s Older Adult Dashboard went live. The data displayed currently represents participants aged 55 and older and is retrieved from HMIS and the 2020 Homeless Count (one pager accessible under the Information Link). In the next iteration, the dashboard will include CHAMPS data from DHS. The data is responsive to filters. You can find the dashboard here.
EXPANDED AND EXTENDED CROSS-SECTORAL COLLABORATIVES
The BOS also recommended: A plan for engaging the aging and homeless services networks to inform the development and implementation of proposed strategies.
A monthly cross-sector collaborative was piloted in SPA 2 and 7 to engage aging and homeless services networks in the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to combat older adult homelessness. The collaborative met seven times monthly before completion in February. The cross-sector model, developed by five Los Angeles organizations - CSH, WDACS, the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition (LAAAC), Shelter Partnership, and LAHSA - helps older adult and homeless services organizations work effectively together in SPA-specific workgroups.
Building off the success from the SPA 2 and 7 cross-sectoral collaborations, CSH applied a received a grant to expand to the other SPAs. A one-year grant was awarded from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has enabled the engagement of aging and homeless services networks beyond SPAs 2 and 7 to build this cross-sector approach in the other Los Angeles SPAs (1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8). Launched on October 6, 2020 in coordination with CSH, LAHSA, Shelter Partnership, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA), the first session provided with an overview of the Los Angeles older adult landscape - including this comprehensive plan to combat older adult homelessness - for all six SPAs. Six SPA-specific sessions will be held virtually for each SPA. A final session will reunite representatives from all eight SPAs (the six newly engaged SPAs plus SPAs 2 and 7) to share lessons learned, partnerships and referral relations created. The work will culminate in recommendations for a model that aligns the older adult and homeless services sectors more effectively to address to the issue of older adult homelessness. Preliminary recommendations from the work of SPAs 4, 5 and 6 will be issued in July 2021 followed by a final report in January 2022.
SPA 2 and SPA 7 have reached out for support to continue their collaborations because they found them to be incredibly helpful to their efforts to serve older adults. SPA 2 will resume monthly convenings on November 19th led by LAHSA and ONEGeneration. The group has been invited to be a subgroup, representing older adults, of the SPA 2 Homeless Coalition, further continuing SPA connections, collaborations, and reach/impact of the convenings. SPA 7 is still in the planning stages but hopes to resume no later than January 2021.