Federal support for ending chronic & veteran homelessness in Los Angeles
In April 2011, in partnership with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), federal leaders and Home For Good partners convened the Los Angeles Collaborative Leadership Summit. At the Summit, attendees determined the 6 highest priority requests of our federal partners to help Los Angeles County end chronic and veteran homelessness.
We are happy to announce that our federal partners heard us and are moving forward in all 6 action areas! This progress is the result of meaningful collaboration between local leaders and federal leadership at USICH, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Work being under taken under each of the action areas is as follows:
- HUD is gathering information on best practices for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) serving homeless populations to be published in Summer 2012. HUD has already published a report on implementing limited preferences for special populations entitled Project-Basing HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers.
- HUD is currently considering changes to the McKinney-Vento funding formula. Once published, changes in regulations will be available for public comment.
- HUD is promoting local partnerships and exploring the ways in which housing and service funding streams can be coordinated for permanent supportive housing.
- HUD and the VA are providing PHAs with information on the process to convert VASH Vouchers to project-based vouchers. A general notice of project based voucher requirements, Guidance on the Project-Based Voucher Program, was published to help clarify any confusion surrounding requirements.
- Although HUD cannot issue VASH vouchers directly to local nonprofits, the VA is allowed to contract for services. The VA is currently putting together a report of best practices scheduled to be released in March 2012.
- HUD is spearheading a two-part study of how PHAs serve the homeless population and is expected to release results in September 2012. USICH has also provided technical assistance through webinars, including information on ending veteran homelessness and the role of Public Housing Agencies in addressing homelessness.
We thank would like to thank our federal partners for all of their support! We are confident that our firm foundation of partnership will help us move forward to be even more successful in the second year of Home For Good.