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In Practice: Mobilizing Los Angeles County to End Chronic Homelessness

December 2011

Martha R. Burt examines lessons learned from a large philanthropic investment in system change from 2004 to 2010

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In 2004, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation granted the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) $7 million and made a $1 million loan to fund the six-year Ending Homelessness for People with Mental Illness in Los Angeles Initiative. These partners decided it was time to take on chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County—a place that would soon be cited as the homelessness capital of the country and that contained a complex set of policy and program challenges.