It’s simple: homes end homelessness. But with nearly 53,000 residents experiencing homelessness tonight, it’s no secret that we need more housing and we need it now. That’s why United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Home For Good initiative is tackling the issue through innovative and strategic programs designed to reimagine our community’s approach to ending homelessness.
Since its launch in 2011 the Home For Good Funders Collaborative, which seeks to support and fund the most effective solutions, has aligned and invested public and private resources to unlock more doors to our most vulnerable homeless neighbors in L.A. County. In the last three years, we have invested significantly in helping housing developers build their capacity in order to accelerate the county’s supportive housing pipeline.
As a result of these efforts, the housing pipeline has more than doubled in size.
With the passage of Proposition HHH in 2016 and policy changes reducing regulation and cost, like the PSH Ordinance, we — as a community — have been able to add thousands of new units to the pipeline.
Despite this growth, there are still significant barriers to development that are threatening our ability to maximize resources and reach our housing goals. Rising cost of construction, competition for land, and complicated financing structures are forcing us to look differently at how developers build in L.A.
That’s why United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Funders Collaborative launched a Request for Proposal with the goal of supporting housing developers in their exploration of new housing concepts, leveraging upcoming City and County public funding opportunities, and furthering our collective housing goals.
Dubbed the Accelerating PSH Request for Proposal, the program will offer developers up to $500,000 of pre-development and recoverable grant support and a unique package of loan coordination, technical assistance, and partnership support. The goal of this opportunity are to fund housing concepts that are creative and meaningful, achievable, and scalable.
For more information, and to submit an application for funding, visit the Home For Good Grantseekers webpage here.