Measure H spending proposals

Los Angeles County of­fi­cials have drawn up this pre­lim­in­ary three-year spend­ing plan for an es­tim­ated $355 mil­lion an­nu­ally to come from the Meas­ure H sales tax in­crease ap­proved by voters in March. A 50-mem­ber cit­izen plan­ning group is re­view­ing the plan and will make re­com­mend­a­tions May 10. The Board of Su­per­visors is sched­uled to con­sider it June 13. Amounts are shown in mil­lions of dol­lars. The code links the item to a de­tailed ex­plan­a­tion avail­able on the county’s Home­less Ini­ti­at­ive webpage.

Code Description 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 One-time 2017-20 total
A1 Homeless prevention for families: rental/housing subsidies, case management, employment services and legal services for families at risk of losing their housing; expands an existing program limited to families on welfare. $3.00 $6.00 $6.00 $0.00 $15.00
A5 Homeless prevention for individuals: a new program extending prevention services to individuals, targeting those leaving institutions, facing eviction or recently housed after being homeless. $5.50 $11.00 $11.00 $0.00 $27.50
B1 Temporary rental subsidies for homeless disabled people who have applied for federal Supplemental Security Income, to pay for housing until the benefits come through. $5.14 $5.14 $5.14 $0.00 $15.41
B3 Expand the availablity of rapid rehousing, which combines temporary rental subsidies with services for families and individuals who have a good chance of being able to pay their own rents in six to 12 months. $57.00 $73.00 $86.00 $0.00 $216.00
B4 Provide public housing authorities throughout the county with funding for incentives such as holding fees and damage mitigation to encourage landlords to accept tenants with federal subsidies. $4.92 $5.83 $5.76 $0.00 $16.52
B6 Short-term rental subsidies and case management for families whose homelessness is the only obstacle to reuniting children in out-of-home placements. $8.00 $4.00 $0.00 $0.00 $12.00
B7 Interim housing for people leaving jail, hospitals or the foster care system while they await permanent housing. $13.00 $13.00 $13.00 $0.00 $39.00
C2 Subsidies to support organizations that link homeless job seekers to employers and provide support services to help them overcome obstacles to employment. $0.00 $2.00 $2.00 $0.00 $4.00
C4,C5,C6 Fund benefits specialists and train homeless and health agencies to obtain benefits for disabled homeless individuals and veterans. $15.68 $15.68 $12.00 $0.00 $43.36
C7 Provide subsidized on-the-job or classroom training, case management, and transportation for single adults to help them gain full-time unsubsidized employment. $5.00 $5.15 $5.30 $0.00 $15.45
D2 Provide case management for inmates in Los Angeles County Jail who identify themselves as homeless. $0.00 $1.12 $2.23 $0.00 $3.35
D4 Place case managers in clinics working with the regional jail reentry pilot program to provide homeless services expertise. $0.00 $0.00 $1.36 $0.00 $1.36
D6 Staff two mobile teams to work with homeless people in the field to clear their criminal records. $0.62 $0.71 $0.71 $0.00 $2.05
D7 Case management,services and rental subsidies for permanent supportive housing. $17.60 $41.80 $64.60 $0.00 $124.00
E6 Build a countywide network of coordinated street-based teams to engage homeless people and connect them with housing. $19.00 $27.00 $27.00 $0.00 $73.00
E7 Strengthen the coordinated entry system with additional regional coordinators and housing navigators, training for new staff, expanded legal services, better technology and more access centers where homeless people can get services. $25.00 $34.00 $34.00 $0.00 $93.00
E8 Increase the inventory of interim and recuperative beds, fund rehabilitation or construction of new shelters. $56.00 $56.00 $56.00 $93.00 $261.00
E14 Enhance services for youths transitioning out of the foster care system. $5.00 $19.00 $19.20 $0.00 $43.20
F7 Capital funds to develop and preserve affordable homeless housing. $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 $10.00 $55.00
Misc. Administration $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $0.00 $4.50
Total $251.96 $336.94 $372.81 $103.00 $1,064.71

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Sources: Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative

Credits: Doug Smith