Event Date: Wednesday, August 28
Contact: Ian Thompson, 310-490-8595 (cell) | 213-978-7200 (office)
Press Conference: Wed, 9am
Controller Says L.A.’s Homeless Outreach is Falling Short, Calls for Data-Driven Fix
LOS ANGELES — On Wednesday morning, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin will unveil a report on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA)outreach program, highlighting its limitations and discussing how the City of Los Angeles can work with LAHSA to overcome them by implementing a new, effective and proactive outreach strategy with clear goals and measurable results.
LAHSA is a City-County joint powers authority responsible for connecting the region’s 56,000 homeless people with housing and services. Over the past two years, the City and County have poured $54 million into LAHSA’s outreach efforts, yet homelessness in the City spiked 16 percent this year alone.
Galperin’s report finds that LAHSA is falling short on nearly all of its City outreach goals, including placing those experiencing homelessness into permanent housing, connecting them with shelter or bridge housing, and getting treatment for those with mental health and substance abuse issues. He also points out that LAHSA’s City and County outreach goals aren’t consistent and City outreach is too heavily focused on reacting to complaints about homeless encampments instead of proactive services.
At the press conference, Galperin will address these issues and recommend a new data-driven and proactive outreach strategy to create a statistically-driven performance management system, HomeSTAT, to inform LAHSA’s outreach goals. HomeSTAT could fundamentally reshape LAHSA’s outreach program by using real-time data on homelessness to evaluate performance and make informed decisions about resource allocation.
When: Wednesday, August 28, 9am
Where: City Hall East, 200 N. Main St., Suite 350B (third floor, Controller’s Media Room)
Who: L.A. Controller Ron Galperin