Ending chronic homelessness
People experiencing chronic homelessness are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society, often requiring a disproportionate and costly amount of public health and safety services. A wide body of research shows that permanent supportive housing is the best, most cost-effective solution. In partnership with the public, philanthropic, nonprofit, and private sector stakeholders at work on this urgent issue, we aim to eliminate chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County.
News from the Field
In this second phase, the Foundation has adopted the community goals around ending chronic homelessness as our own goals in evaluating the success of the initiative.
To support Breaking Barriers, a partnership with the LA County Probation Department to provide housing to prevent recidivism and long-term homelessness.
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The City of Los Angeles released a Homelessness Strategy Report, which lays the foundation for a regional approach to addressing this chronic issue.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a plan that represents the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken by the County to combat homelessness.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has supported the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and its Housing for Health efforts which includes the supportive housing rental subsidy program called the Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP). The goal of the FHSP is to secure decent, safe, and affordable housing for DHS patients who are homeless and have complex physical and behavioral health conditions.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation supports the efforts of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and its leadership of the Home For Good initiative, which includes a countywide partnership to create a cost-effective and efficient system that is designed to end homelessness rather than simply manage it.
This network seeks to end homelessness by: investing in effective, strategic, and innovative grantmaking; mobilizing leadership, ideas, and partnerships to communicate what works, and why; promoting more efficient use of local, state, and national resources
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has supported the efforts of CSH to catalyze the development of permanent supportive housing for over 20 years and its recent efforts to provide the tools and training to formerly homeless people to help empower them to tell their stories.
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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
In 2011, Abt Associates was selected by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as their Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) partner to evaluate its Chronic Homelessness Initiative.
In Practice Paper
Since 1994, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has made over $40 million in Program Related Investments (PRIs) to complement and enhance our grant activity. These investments, or loans, can be an incredibly catalytic force in helping to scale the work of our partners and are made for the primary purpose of generating a social impact. One example of using PRIs to effectively enhance our grantmaking is in the area of chronic homelessness.
This report offers an analysis of the Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool's creation, partnerships, operation and implementation and also highlights the role of philanthropy and evaluation in this type of initiative.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
For many years, chronic homelessness has been a significant issue in Los Angeles County. While numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations, and the public sector have been working to address chronic homelessness for a long time, there have not been strategic attempts to coordinate public and private funding for the services and resources needed to address the issue. That changed in 2011 when public and private funders came together as part of the Home For Good campaign to create a more coordinated approach to funding permanent supportive housing (PSH) for chronically homeless people through the creation of the Funders Collaborative.
This briefing outlines a brief review of the first phase of the strategic initiative, a summary of results to date as well as a revised strategy informed by input from the board, the Foundation’s MEL partner, as well as public, private, and non-profit partners in the field.