Los Angeles, CA The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $109,398,295 to the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) for 2017 - an increase of nearly $5 million from last year. The HUD Homeless Assistance Grant Awards include $13.5 million for 11 new permanent supportive housing projects (PSH) providing 828 new permanent housing units. The overall award, with renewals, covers more than $97 million for PSH.
The figure represents the largest HUD Award the LA CoC has ever received. The funds are part of a record $2 billion awarded by HUD to support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs around the nation. The grants provide critical funding that support local programs that house Angelenos experiencing homelessness.
“We are working hard to expand LA’s funding for PSH – grants that house LA’s most vulnerable chronically homeless people. PSH combines rent subsidies with deep, wrap-around supportive services that ensure LA’s most vulnerable can get housed, and stay housed,” said Peter Lynn, LAHSA Executive Director. “These grants work with LA County’s Measure H funding, allowing us to house more people. PSH grant funding also makes Los Angeles and the Continuum competitive in our funding applications to HUD.”
“These Awards in conjunction with funds from Measure H will enable our community-based provider agencies to expand the efforts to end homelessness across Los Angeles,” added Lynn. Measure H, approved by more than 2/3 of Los Angeles County voters last March, allocates an annual $355 million annually for homeless services.
The NOFA Awards provide more than $1.25 million for two PSH for youth, a total of 82 beds in 74 units. “It was aggressive and creative leveraging local resources to fund new PSH, including 68 new units for youth,” said Lynn.
The awards also include more than $5 million for six rapid re-housing programs and $2.3 million for transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence.
The LA CoC includes all cities in Los Angeles County with the exceptions of Glendale, Long Beach, and Pasadena. Each year, HUD announces a competitive Notice of Funding Availability for the CoC Program nationally, typically in the Summer, and LAHSA prepares and submits the funding application on behalf of the LA CoC.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages more than $243 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.