An update on the fight to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been committed to homelessness issues for more than 20 years, supporting innovative programs, research, and systems change.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been committed to homelessness issues for more than 20 years, supporting innovative programs, research, and systems change. Since 2004, we have focused our efforts on ending chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County, which has been described as the “homelessness capital of the nation.” Although there have been positive developments, great challenges remain. Below is an update on how a few of our partners are trying to change the narrative and initiate large-scale change in the County.
Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool: The Foundation, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), and other government agencies have partnered to help homeless patients with complex physical and mental health issues. Together, we have pooled a total of $18 million in local housing subsidies for these individuals, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Many of our most vulnerable homeless neighbors are not eligible for federal housing subsidy opportunities but are costing taxpayers more on the streets than in permanent supportive housing. We are proud to partner with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services which, under the leadership of Dr. Mitch Katz, has become a leader in addressing this critical need.
100,000 Homes Campaign: In 2011, we funded Community Solutions to implement their 100,000 Homes Campaign in Los Angeles County. The Campaign is a national movement of communities working together to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families by July 2014. Since its start, the campaign has housed more than 87,000 people who were experiencing homelessness. Community Solutions staff has helped communities in Los Angeles identify their homeless neighbors and prioritize the most vulnerable for supportive housing. To date, campaign communities in Los Angeles County have helped connect more than 7,700 persons to housing. The 100,000 Homes Campaign model was highlighted recently on 60 minutes with Anderson Cooper:
100 Days of Homelessness: We are also proud to be a partner in the Home For Good Campaign which includes an action plan for creating a cost-effective and efficient system to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County by 2016. Since its launch in 2010, Home For Good has gone from success to success. It has received HUD Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnerships for the continued work of the Home for Good Funders Collaborative, while continuing to lead the rollout of a countywide Coordinated Entry System and developing and implementing the goals of the Standards of Excellence.
Over the next 100 Days, Home For Good is shining a light on homelessness through media and engaging with the public about how their homeless neighbors can get the help they need to move into permanent supportive housing.