Strategy on the Streets: L.A. works to improve homelessness

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LOS ANGELES.CA – According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless  Assessment Report, as of 2018, there were around 553,000 homeless people in the United States on a given night or 0.17% of the population. Homelessness emerged as a national issue in the 1870s.

Wednesday morning, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin unveils a report on the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority’s (LAHSA) Outreach Program, highlighting its limitations and discussing how the city of Los Angeles can work with LAHSA to overcome them by implementing a new, effective and proactive outreach strategy with clear goals and measurable results.

WATCH: L.A. Controller Ron Galperin unveils a report on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) outreach program

LAHSA is a City-County joint powers authority responsible for connecting the region’s 56,000 homeless people with housing and services.

Over the past two years, the city and county have poured $54 million into LAHSA’s outreach efforts, yet homelessness in the city spike 16% this year alone.

According to Galperin’s report, LAHSA is falling short on nearly all its city outreach goals, including placing those experiencing homelessness into permanent housing, connecting them with shelter or bridge housing, and getting treatment for those with mental health and substance abuse issues.

During the press conference, Galperin will address these issues and recommend a new data-driven and proactive outreach strategy to create a statistically-driven performance management system, HomeSTAT, to inform LAHSA’s outreach goals. HomeSTAT can fundamentally reshape LAHSA’s outreach program by using the real-time data on homelessness to evaluate performance and make informed decisions about resource allocation.


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