MEASURE H: ONE YEAR LATER
Hot on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the passage of Measure H, significant progress is being made across Los Angeles County to put those dollars to work and get our homeless neighbors off the streets and into homes. This historic ballot, which contributes a quarter-cent sales tax countywide, will help extend comprehensive support services to our county’s most vulnerable residents.
Slated to raise $355 million annually, Measure H began funding in July 2017—prior to the tax actually going into effect—in order to get work started quickly. Since then, we have quadrupled the number of homeless outreach teams, added 600 shelter beds, and provided subsidies or bridge housing to keep over 1,000 people housed.
It comes at a critical time. L.A. County’s homeless population is at a crisis point. There are an estimated 42,000 men, women and children on the streets, with nearly 58,000 experiencing homelessness all together. They’re living in cars, tents, on sidewalks, and sometimes in shelters.
Approving Measure H, and Proposition HHH just 5 months prior, was just the first step. It’s now on all Angelenos in every neighborhood to support the solutions that we know will work. Thanks to a poll commissioned by United Way, which surveyed more than 1,000 likely June 2018 voters, close to 70% of county residents support building supportive housing in their neighborhoods and a majority believe we should focus our investments on long-term permanent solutions versus short-term fixes. We know that this silent majority is out there and ready to rally—now we need your help to activate them.
While providing housing is one of the most paramount solutions to ending homelessness, offering supportive services is essential to ensuring people don’t end up back on the streets.
The funds raised by Measure H will go towards expanding homeless outreach, health and mental health services for persons living on the street while also increasing the number of bridge housing offered.
Los Angeles is working towards ending homelessness throughout the County but the road is still far and winding. United, we can ensure that every child, family, individual, and veteran has a home to go to every night for years to come.
You can be part of the solution. Join the EVERYONE IN movement and take action today.