Facing Homelessness

The Comprehensive Homeless Strategy

In 2016, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducted their annual homeless count, with Councilmember Blumenfield and his staff leading the effort in the West Valley. Their results concluded there was an 11% increase in the number of homeless city wide, but there was a marked increase of 35% throughout the Valley.

The Mayor and Council have now approved a multi-tiered holistic program to target homelessness in a new way, starting with improving how the City, County, and nonprofits coordinate their efforts.

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Team Blumenfield volunteering as part of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Blumenfield’s Reseda office was used as a deployment site for the Count in the West Valley.


What are the Core Elements in the Strategy?

Promoting a “No Wrong Door” Approach

This approach coordinates services in a way so that any homeless individual can be linked to supportive services regardless of their point of entry. Whether it’s through LAPD, LAFD, Department of Sanitation, or any City agency, that person will be connected to the assistance they need.

Growing the Coordinated Entry System (CES)

For efficiency, it is important to understand what types of services the homeless population is utilizing and be able to track people living on the street. The CES is operating in all of Los Angeles County and coordinates our government with over 100 different providers. By continuing to update and improve this system, homeless individuals can receive personalized services tailored to their needs to help ensure a brighter future.

Creating New Facilities

Facilities for the homeless, including public hygiene and storage space, are integral to the homelessness strategy. These facilities and services can mitigate the effects of homelessness in the short term while housing is being identified and they also provide an opportunity to engage with homeless individuals. A few of the new types of facilities that are proposed include safe parking space and citywide mobile shower and public restroom units.

Housing First

‘Housing First’ is an approach that swiftly provides homeless individuals with permanent shelter and then provides essential services. This initiative focuses on helping the most vulnerable individuals on the street in the most efficient way possible. Research has shown that this is a cost effective way to break the cycle for those who are chronically homeless.

Rapid Re-Housing

This program is different from ‘Housing First’ because it is meant for individuals who recently fell into homelessness and need temporary assistance. It has individualized and flexible services including rental and employment assistance and can be used for individuals or families. This helps prevent those struggling from continuing the path to chronic homelessness.


 For more information on the Comprehensive Homeless Strategy click here.


Important Frontline Contacts

For Community Members Who Would Like to Help:

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California- Canoga Park

(818) 901-9480

21430 Strathern St. Canoga Park, 91304

 

Ascencia

(818) 246-7900

1851 Tyburn St. Glendale, 91204

 

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

(818) 785-4476 

8756 Canby Ave. Northridge, 91325 

 

Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA)

Emergency Response Team—(213) 225-6581

 

Family Rescue Center

(818) 884-7587

22103 Vanowen St., Canoga Park 9130

 

For Homeless in Need of Services:

Department of Mental Health

Mobile Triage Team- (818) 610-6720

 

LA Family Housing

Homeless Family Solutions- (818) 255– 2766

Services for Veterans Families- (818) 255-2607

 

The Homeless Families Solutions System

Overall Homeless Services- 211

 

San Fernando Rescue Mission

Overall Homeless Services- (818) 785-4476


Watch a brief segment on the Homeless Town Hall that Councilmember Blumenfield hosted on September 12th, 2016.


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