Home For Good is a blue print outlining action steps needed to address chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County. Home For Good Partners are continuously creating new tools to help implement change within their communities.
The Home For Good plan is a blueprint to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2016. If everyone plays a role, we will be successful in achieving this goal.
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran Affairs launched a joint initiative called the HUD-VASH program to provide subsidized housing to homeless veterans. Implementing HUD-VASH in L.A. created unique start-up challenges, so Community Solutions’ 100k Home Campaign partnered with Home For Good to host a Housing Placement Boot Camp to facilitate a cross-sector conversation about process improvement.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles has developed an educational curriculum to help educators engage youth in critical discussions about homelessness. The curriculum includes interactive activities to help stimulate conversation on what it means to experience homelessness.
Home For Good prides itself on decisions guided by expert research. Various research and reports direct the work being implemented under the Action Plan.
In 2009, United Way of Greater Los Angeles commissioned a study examining the public costs of homelessness. Results show that it is over 40% less expensive to place an individual in permanent supportive housing than to leave them on the streets, cycling in and out of costly public services such as emergency rooms and jail.
In 2010, Economic Roundtable produced a study analyzing the public costs for people in supportive housing compared to similar people that are homeless. The study found that it costs $605 a month to place someone in supportive housing, and $2,897 to leave a similar person on the streets. Economic Roundtable’s findings demonstrate that practical, tangible public benefits result from providing supportive housing for vulnerable homeless individuals.
Corporation for Supportive Housing answers frequently asked questions regarding the effectiveness of a housing first model. Research demonstrates the effectiveness of this model, particularly among people who have been homeless for long periods of time and have serious psychiatric disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or other disabilities.
Dennis P. Culhane examines policing interventions that look to reduce crime through the spatial deconcentration of street homelessness in Skid Row. Culhane concludes that such efforts will not succeed on a sustained basis. In order to address crime, the city and county need a comprehensive plan that includes targeted housing for chronically homeless, along with the spatial deconcentration and repurposing of existing homeless programs.
Data is an important measure of progress. Homeless counts allow us to assess the breadth of homelessness and plan for solutions.
In 2011, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) reported 51,340 individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. The 2011 Homeless Count Report provides an in-depth look at homelessness in each region of the County to help us better understand the solutions needed in each community.
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