LA County & City Team Up Against Homelessness

Los Angeles county and city officials have reached a key milestone in their partnership to create 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing over the next decade.

Under a newly signed memorandum of understanding with the county, Los Angeles becomes the first city in the region to formally join forces on a framework to increase permanent supportive housing — a proven approach that combines housing subsidies with essential services and healthcare to help chronically homeless individuals and families stay housed.

Los Angeles County and City officials sign a memorandum of agreement to collaborate in the fight against homelessness. All photos by David Franco/Board of Supervisors.

Under the agreement, the County will provide intensive case management and health services to residents of permanent supportive housing units to be built in the city of Los Angeles. Discussions are underway to develop similar agreements with cities throughout the county.

“We are not just building housing, we are rebuilding lives,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas. “This unprecedented agreement will ensure that critical Measure H-funded services from the county will be swiftly provided to help people thrive in the thousands of units that will be constructed by the city under Proposition HHH.”

“The fight to end homelessness belongs to everybody in Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We’re standing together at all levels of government to get people the shelter and services they need more quickly and efficiently than ever before.”

The agreement was celebrated during the grand opening ceremony for the Silver Star Apartments — a 49-unit supportive housing community in the Crenshaw area for homeless veterans with disabilities. Built and operated with both public and private funding, the apartments represent the kind of collaborative approach for permanent supportive housing envisioned by the newly signed memorandum of understanding.

“I thank the voters of Los Angeles for stepping up and supporting Measure H and Proposition HHH and joining in the fight to end homelessness for those who are most vulnerable,” said Dora Leong Gallo, chief executive officer of A Community of Friends, which developed Silver Star Apartments. “Everyone deserves to have a home and be treated with respect.”

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open Silver Star Apartments, a 49-unit permanent supportive housing complex for veterans with disabilities who had experienced homelessness.