$105 Million Pledged to Fight Homelessness


From today’s LA Times:

Los Angeles County officials and private donors are announcing Thursday an ambitious new approach to the way they deal with the county’s chronically homeless.

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Public officials and donors are expected to announce a plan to spend $105 million to move more than 1,000 of the county’s most entrenched street dwellers into permanent housing. Many suffer from serious physical, mental or substance abuse problems and have lived on the streets for more than a year.

The funding includes public money already set aside for the homeless along with new donations from business and philanthropic groups. The plan calls for providing rental subsidies for 587 people for the next 15 years, development of more than 200 new housing units, and counseling, treatment and other services aimed at helping people stay off the streets permanently.

L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has called the plan a “more intelligent way to invest in the homeless,” aimed at creating permanent solutions to the problem.

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