LA County strikes deal with cities to ‘streamline’ homeless services – California News

LA County strikes deal with cities to ‘streamline’ homeless services – California News

Hoping to place thousands of homeless people into affordable housing regionwide, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to partner with all cities across the county that step up and help in the effort.

A motion introduced by supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl will allow county officials to fund supportive services to all 88 cities that provide rental vouchers, for example. The supportive services will be paid for by Measure H funding.

“Homelessness is the defining civic issue of our time and addressing it requires all hands on deck,” Ridley-Thomas said. “By working cooperatively, efficiently and urgently, the County and cities are not only taking people off the streets but also putting them on a path to long-term stability and recovery.”

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Los Angeles County voters approved Measure H in March and it’s projected to raise $355  million a year for 10 years to help homeless people transition into planned affordable housing, among other initiatives. The funding is to go hand-in-hand with the city of Los Angeles’ efforts to build 10,000 new homes using funds under Proposition HHH, another voter approved measure that generates money through a parcel tax.

But county officials say there is an overall shortage of 15,000 units across the region, which is why they want cities to step in and help shore up the deficiency.

So far the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, Pomona and Redondo Beach have committed to a total of 2,084 rental vouchers that can be…

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