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Over 10,000 Housed!

We are officially over 10,000 people housed!

Check out the progress below and in our Year 3, Quarter 3 Report!

 

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Where Are We Now?: Home For Good Quarterly Progress Report Released

Every quarter Home For Good partners pull together service data and client stories that are published as a quarterly update on the progress of the initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness. This report is an opportunity for partners to share major achievements, discuss shortfalls to overcome, and set priorities for next steps.

Check out the Year 3, Quarter 2 Quarterly Progress Report to see how far Home For Good has come and where we go from here!

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 Year 3, Quarter 2 Quarterly Progress Report  

Home For Good Year Three, Quarter One Report

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The Home For Good Year Three, Quarter One report is out! 

There is much to celebrate this past quarter, which saw many firsts in Los Angeles’ efforts to address homelessness. We started off the beginning of year with the largest and most comprehensive Homeless Count in the history of LA County, with 5,000 volunteers counting and surveying homeless individuals throughout the region.  Also, for the first time in the history of the City of Los Angeles, the city allocated General Funds specifically for supportive housing. LA City Council and Mayor Villaraigosa voted to designate $18 million in city funds for the construction of new housing projects. On March 21st, in collaboration with Shelter Partnership, CSH, Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), and Housing Innovations, Home For Good held the very first Standards of Excellence (SoE) Symposium. Nearly 100 stakeholders were in attendance to learn about the SoE and next steps. The first quarter of year three ended with new beginnings for over 800 of our formerly homeless neighbors who moved into permanent housing.

We look forward to sharing the many successes to come this next quarter! Keep an eye out for updates on our Skid Row Coordinated Entry Project and an announcement of the new Home For Good Grantees under the second Funders Collaborative RFP.

The full Year Three, Quarter One Report highlights important progress made by Home For Good Partners towards ending chronic and Veteran homelessness in LA County. Download the full: Year 3, Quarter 1 Report

 

Announcing the release of Home For Good’s Year 2 Report!

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Los Angeles communities have made tremendous progress towards ending chronic and Veteran homelessness by 2016. In year two, Community partners housed 3,178 chronically homeless individuals and 1,292 non-chronically homeless Veterans!

Home For Good sets forth specific, rigorous, and measurable benchmarks each year, and the results are significant.  Additional Year Two highlights include:

  • COORDINATING FUNDS: Home For Good launched the Funders Collaborative, an unprecedented collaboration of 25 public and private funders that leveraged $105M in funds for permanent supportive housing for 1,000 chronically homeless individuals.
  • TARGETING RESOURCES: As part of the Funders Collaborative, the Housing Authority of the City of L.A. (HACLA) created an innovative new Tenant-Based Permanent Supportive Housing Program to house 500 chronically homeless individuals over the next two years. The Housing Authority of the County of L.A. (HACoLA) created a similar program for 250 chronically homeless individuals over the next 5 years.
  • ASSESSING THE NEED: Our community completed the most comprehensive Homeless Count in the history of Los Angeles County! Under the leadership of the L.A. Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), 68 of the 88 cities in our region opted in to the full count. This is a dramatic increase over the 32 cities counted in 2011.
  • HARNESSING GOOD DATA: Community partners, together with LAHSA, have significantly increased usage of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a critical tool in tracking the progress of homeless individuals interacting with our systems.

We have made great progress towards addressing chronic and Veteran homelessness in LA County. Although much work remains to be undertaken in the next three years, we know that individuals and organizations across the county are dedicated to making a new LA a reality. We look forward to seeing the amazing work that is accomplished in year three of the plan!

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*Over the past two years (Years 1 & 2 combined), community partners have housed 5,451 chronically homeless people and 2,156 non-chronically homeless Veterans.

The Home For Good Year 2, Quarter 3 Report is out!

Home For Good’s Year 2, Quarter 3 report was released this week.  We are excited to announce that, thanks to the work of our Home For Good Partners, at the end of this quarter 2,319 chronically homeless individuals and 985 non-chronic veterans have been housed!

Other major accomplishments over the last quarter include:

  • To date, 67 cities have opted in to the L.A. Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) January 2013 Homeless Count.  This more than doubles the number of cities that opted in to the 2011 Count, making this the most comprehensive Count in Los Angeles history!
  • There are 16 “Count Plus” communities organized by LAHSA and the 100K Homes Campaign.  These communities will conduct surveys of their homeless neighbors during the January Homeless Count, providing an in-depth understanding of the housing and services needs in their community.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year’s HomeWalk!  It was incredible to see over 10,000 people walking and sending the message that we can and will end homelessness.  United Way intern, Brad Rowe, captured the day’s events beautifully in this blog piece.

As the year comes to a close, we look forward to sharing end of year updates with you in early 2013.

To learn how you can get involved in the Home For Good initiative please visit our Get Involved page.

Read the full report:Year 2, Quarter 3

2,356 people housed!

We are excited to announce the release of Home For Good’s latest progress report! The report has a great new look and documents important progress made by community partners toward Year 2 goals.

At the end of quarter 2 of Home For Good’s second year, 1,651 chronically homeless individuals and 705 non-chronic veterans are housed! 

Other highlights from Quarter 2 include:

  • The Home For Good Funders Collaborative, an effort between 24 public and private funders, released $105 million in resources from public and private funders. These resources will be used to create permanent supportive housing throughout L.A. County.
  • Over 100 organizations, including 19 Neighborhood Councils and various city and county agencies, are protecting affordable housing by opposing the proposed L.A. City Community Care Facilities Ordinance.  Learn more and join the opposition at www.stopccfo.org.
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) Homeless Count Advisory Committee committed to obtaining more comprehensive data on homelessness by doubling opt-in participation for the 2013 Homeless Count, from 35 cities/communities in 2011 to 70 in 2013.

Home For Good Partners have made tremendous strides in addressing homelessness in Los Angeles. Barabara Poppe, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, put it best when she said, “We recognize Los Angeles as a home for solutions, a home for best practices, and a home for collaboration where the goal is clear and singular:  no one should experience homelessness; no one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.” Together we can create a stronger Los Angeles!

To learn how you can get involved in the Home For Good initiative please visit our Get Involved page.

Read the full report: Year 2, Quarter 2 Report

Highlights from Home For Good’s Quarter One, Year Two Progress Report!

This week Home For Good released its first quarterly report for Year Two of the Action Plan!  Important progress is being made towards ending chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016.

A couple of major highlights from the report include:

  1. The Home For Good Funders Collaborative released its first Request for Proposals through the collaboration of 19 public and private funders, representing over $75 million in public and private resources for permanent supportive housing.
  2. The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) created a new program of 500 tenant-based Section 8 housing vouchers for chronically homeless people.  This set aside serving chronically homeless people is the first of its kind in Los Angeles County.
  3. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved several shifts to target resources and remove barriers to serving people who are homeless through the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA).
  4. Housing placement numbers met the 1st quarter benchmarks, thanks to the work of providers, developers, and public and private funders.
  5. 111 cross-sector leaders have signed on to Home For Good, including three new cities this quarter: Glendale, Burbank, and Beverly Hills.

Help us make the vision for a new Los Angeles a reality! Sign on to support Home For Good.

Read the full report: Year 2, Quarter 1  Report

 

Highlights from our Year 1 Report

Home For Good was released at the end of 2010 by the Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force and has since become the leading voice for ending chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County. Last week, the 2012 Home For Good Summit gave us an opportunity to reflect on year one accomplishments and to launch the second year of the initiative.

The hard work and commitment of over 100 cross-sector leaders has given Home For Good much to celebrate! Great strides were made towards accomplishing many of the goals laid out under the Action Plan. Most notably, Home For Good Partners surpassed year one housing goals by housing 864 military veterans and 2,273 chronically homeless individuals! Additional year one highlights included:

  • The launch of the Home For Good the Funders Collaborative, which is uniting public and private funders in an effort to generate permanent supportive housing for chronic and veteran individuals through a streamlined, one-stop funding collaborative.  The Collaborative will release its first public/private Request for Proposals (RFP) in mid-March 2012.
  • The launch of the Home For Good the Funders Collaborative, which is uniting public and private funders in an effort to generate permanent supportive housing for chronic and veteran individuals through a streamlined, one-stop funding collaborative.  The Collaborative will release its first public/private Request for Proposals (RFP) in mid-March 2012.
  • A 68 day reduction in time it takes to get a homeless veteran off of the streets and into housing! The HUD-VASH Housing Bootcamp held in partnership with the VA, Housing Authorities, nonprofit partners, Community Solutions and the Home For Good team, reduced placement time from 168 days to 100 days.
  • 18 local communities led by the 100K Homes Campaign undertook community registries and compiled community lists of everyone living on the streets and in shelters to begin work on housing their most vulnerable.
  • 31 cities participated in LAHSA’s 2011 Opt-in homeless count, up from 15 in 2009.
  • LAHSA began work to improve the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) usage and functionality. HMIS increased to 60% in shelters and 35% for permanent supportive housing.

In 2011, Home For Good laid the groundwork and in the next four years the initiative will continue to push for systemic change that assures Los Angeles County is moving towards a system focused on assessing homeless individuals’ needs and rapidly re-housing those in crises. Home For Good’s achievements in its first year and the years to come would not be possible without the leadership of individuals and organizations across sectors that are working tirelessly to make sure that everyone in Los Angeles has a place to call home, for good!

If you have not done so already, please sign up today to pledge your support for ending chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles.

Read the updated Action Plan and full Year One Report: Home For Good Action Plan & Year 1 Report

Helping house our homeless vets

This week Home For Good released its third quarterly report tracking our community’s progress toward ending chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to highlight two valuable updates related to the goal of ending veteran homelessness:

  1. Community Solutions and the Business Leaders Task Force partnered with cross-sector leaders to convene the Housing Placement Boot Camp, designed to speed up the process of housing homeless veterans in the HUD-VASH program. At the September 90-day reconvening, partners reported a 68 day reduction in the time it takes to get a homeless veteran off of the streets and into housing.
  2. Since launching in February, Project 60 has housed 33 chronically homeless veterans in Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s district! This program targets community resources and partnerships to identify, house, and support these veterans.

Overall, this quarter we are happy to report that we are 66% to Home For Good’s year one goal for housing chronically homeless individuals, and 47% to the goal for housing homeless veterans.

To read the full report click here: Home For Good Fall Progress Report

Home For Good Summer Progress Report

Home For Good is now halfway into its first year and 86 cross-sector leaders have signed on to support the plan!

This quarter we are excited to announce that, on April 19th, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to align the County’s efforts with Home For Good’s goals! In addition to other critical changes, the County will explore its ability to provide supportive services in housing chronically homeless individual, a shift which can potentially create more permanent supportive housing in our region.

This quarter we are also excited to share that Home For Good is currently at 46% to its Year One goal for housing chronically homeless individuals, and 43% to the goal for housing homeless veterans. This means that, to date, 789 chronically homeless individuals and 361 veterans have been housed.

For more information on Home For Good’s second quarter, including achievements, shortfalls, and next steps, please read the full report: Home For Good Summer Progress Report

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