Los Angeles, CA (December 1, 2016) – Bolstered by support from the City and County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has applied for a major federal grant to address youth homelessness.
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant, which will be awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides a total of $33 million to 10 communities across the country. If selected, the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LACoC) would be tasked with completing a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, which would unlock the remaining HUD funding.
The intent of the program is to support “comprehensive systems of care” to address youth homelessness as opposed to “individual or unconnected projects.”
Los Angeles County follows a collaborative model, which has led to recent successes. A pilot project launched a year ago in Hollywood by LAHSA in collaboration with several partner agencies, the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, the Center at Blessed Sacrament, the Los Angeles County of Department of Children and Family Services, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and the Los Angeles County Probation Department, has resulted in an average of 15 homeless youth being placed in safe and stable housing each month.
LA County was one of three communities across the nation selected to participate in the 100-Day Challenge, which began in early September. The LACoC met the target of placing100 youth in safe and stable housing in 100 days in mid-October, when the challenge was less than 50 days old. The new goal is to place at least 200 youth in safe and stable housing before the challenge ends December 19.
“Youth homelessness is a serious challenge for Los Angeles,” said Peter Lynn, LAHSA’s executive director. “The grant will enable us to bring to scale LA’s work to prevent and end youth homelessness.”
According to LAHSA’s 2016 homeless count, there are at least 3,540 youth up to age 24 experiencing homelessness in LA County, sheltered and unsheltered.
The application for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant is being submitted by LAHSA on behalf of the LACoC.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages more than $132 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.