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December 08, 2023 | December 09, 2023 | 2,116 total views

Supervisor Barger joins Supervisor Lindsey Horvath and Mayor Karen Bass on LAHSA’s governing body.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger appointed herself to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission in October.

Supervisor Barger, who represents LA County’s Fifth Supervisorial District, first joined the LAHSA Commission for its October 27 meeting.

“I’ve joined the LAHSA Commission to directly hear from LAHSA’s executive and management teams about their work and challenges to help solve problems,” said Supervisor Barger. “There are A LOT of coordination layers involved in tackling the homeless crisis, I want to hear from those doing the work, unfiltered.”

LAHSA is governed by a 10-member Commission, with five members appointed by the LA City Council and five members appointed by the LA County Board of Supervisors. The LAHSA Commission has the authority to make budgetary, funding, planning and program policies.

LAHSA CEO Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum said she was excited to deepen her partnership with Supervisor Barger to tackle homelessness in Los Angeles County.

“What you’re seeing now is everyone committing to linking arms and solving homelessness in Los Angeles together,” Dr. Adams Kellum said. “Supervisor Barger will be a welcome addition to the LAHSA Commission as we seek better representation of the county’s independent cities and unincorporated areas.”

LAHSA Commission chair and LA County Board of Supervisors chair Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath said she was elated to welcome Supervisor Barger to the Commission.

“Since my first day joining the Board, she has been a dedicated partner in strengthening solutions to homelessness, including co-authoring LA County’s emergency declaration to set us on a more directed path to address the magnitude of the crisis,” Supervisor Horvath said. “My Commission colleagues and I welcome her leadership and commitment to getting things done quickly, and to responsibly and effectively using public dollars for the necessary services and response.”