The funds generated will allow L.A. County to prioritize building supportive housing, a proven and cost-effective solution. A USC study showed that costs to provide supportive housing for our homeless neighbors are 43% lower than the costs associated with a person living on the streets or in emergency shelters. The study also found that supportive housing is more effective than other solutions because once individuals are housed, access to services— including mental health treatment, medical care, and job training — helped them to stay housed with a 90% retention rate.
The voters have spoken in approving these dollars; but now we need residents to play an active role in supporting solutions in their neighborhoods.
On March 9, 2018, United Way of Greater Los Angeles launched its new movement in the fight to end homelessness. Called Everyone In, the movement is a community engagement initiative powered by a coalition of philanthropic, business, labor, and community organizations, that will allow give Angelenos one place to track and measure progress toward ending homelessness. What’s more, individuals will be able to to learn more about the people who are experiencing homelessness in their community, stay informed on supportive housing, and get opportunities to attend community events and tours, to volunteer, and to take an active role in supporting solutions that work.