Los Angeles, CA (March 31, 2017) -The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission has unanimously approved a resolution in support of programs and resources to help people experiencing homelessness that are threatened in President Trump’s proposed budget.
The proposed budget would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program as well as the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which together provide over $140 million annually that in part serve the homeless in Los Angeles County.
“The proposed cuts to HUD and HHS would be catastrophic for the efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles County,” said Wendy Greuel, chair of the LAHSA Commission. “The Commission will continue to advocate for funding for homeless programs on the federal level to ensure no one calls the streets their home.”
The proposed budget would reduce the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by $6 billion and the Health and Human Services Department by $15 billion.
The resolution also references the importance of the Legal Services Corporation and the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which would be eliminated under President Trump’s proposed budget. The Commission supports full funding for these programs and others that provide critical services and housing to people experiencing homelessness.
The full text of the resolution can be found here.
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.