L.A. County Board of Supervisors Formed Two New Entities to Boost Regional Approach to Homelessness Planning, Service Coordination, and Innovation.
By News Desk
On Tuesday, August 8, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis that tackles homelessness with a new regional approach.
Two new entities – an Executive Committee and a Leadership Table – will be formed in the coming days.
- The Executive Committee will consist of nine members, including two L.A. County Supervisors, two elected representatives from the City of Los Angeles including the Mayor, elected representatives from four municipalities representing regions specified in the motion, and a representative appointed by California’s Governor.
- The larger Leadership Table will serve as an advisory body to the Executive Committee. Members will also harness private funding sources to support regional homelessness solutions. The Leadership Table will consist of representatives from various sectors, including but not limited to business, faith-based, advocacy, academia, people with lived experience, veterans, philanthropy, and public housing authorities.
Speaking while on the dais during the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Barger emphasized that the scope of work for the two new groups will not supplant the work of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) – an entity that currently coordinates homeless services in the City and County of Los Angeles.
Solutions, Innovation, and Collaboration … not Silos
“Forming a regional approach to solving homelessness has been a long time in the making,” said Supervisor Barger. “We have a lot of different organizations dedicated to helping our homeless but they’re working in silos. One thing has become increasingly clear to me: in order for homelessness solutions to work, we must work together
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis also shared her perspective. “Homelessness is a regional crisis. Unfortunately, our existing homelessness governance structure does not give local cities a voice in how we address this emergency. That is why we need to move forward with the Executive Committee. It will bring all 88 cities together with the County of Los Angeles to break long-existing silos. This Executive Committee has the potential to bring the region together and chart a new path forward.”
Mercedes Marquez, Chief of Housing and Homelessness Solutions for the City of Los Angeles, attended the Board meeting representing Mayor Bass and shared her perspective on the value of these two new groups being formed by the County. “The Mayor believes if we all work together, we will have a clearer voice and sturdier platform from which to launch our homelessness solutions,” said Ms. Marquez. “We will have a clearer voice that we can use to speak to the federal government, state government and others.
A copy of the final amended motion approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors is available here.
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