L.A. County Supervisors Approve Plan to Combat Homelessness
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $355 million annual spending plan Tuesday that will get 45,000 people into permanent housing over the next five years and prevent tens of thousands of others from ever winding up on the streets in the first place, according to Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai. Nearly all recommendations from a 50-member working group on homelessness were unanimously adopted by the Board, forging a consensus over how to divide first-year revenue from Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in March.
The spending plan will beef up rental subsidies, support services, housing and outreach programs. The only point of contention was whether to provide $1.2 million to the Sheriff’s Department for increased homelessness outreach. The Board compromised by committing AB 109 funds for law enforcement outreach to be spread out among various agencies over a three-year period.
Tuesday’s vote comes on the heels of a sobering new report on homelessness in Los Angeles County. It showed a 23 percent increase in the number of people living on the streets.