Los Angeles County unveiled an interactive map that shows where it has built and where it is building new interim and supportive housing at an unprecedented rate to urgently address the crisis of homelessness. In the County’s Second District, represented by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 6,300 interim housing units and about 4,000 supportive housing beds have been built for people experiencing homelessness. Still in the pipeline are 1,200 interim housing units and 4,900 supportive housing beds.
Called the Los Angeles County Homelessness and Housing Map, the data-driven planning tool shows newly constructed projects, as well as sites in the planning and development phases. These are then overlaid with geographic data that tracks the homeless population countywide, based on the latest Homeless Count. This first iteration of the map does not currently show apartment units being rented by people who receive public rental assistance, which account for about half of the County’s overall supportive housing stock.
“This planning tool provides a powerful and transparent road map for how we should be moving forward to address this crisis,” said County Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai, who presented the map to the Board of Supervisors. “It offers a unique visual presentation that shows the important efforts now underway but also demonstrates the hard work that lies ahead.”
The map draws on data from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s January 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count, which reported nearly 59,000 people experiencing homelessness countywide —more than 44,000 of them unsheltered.
The map makes it possible to view where the homeless population lives, then adds layers that show existing supportive and interim housing, as well as housing that is currently being developed. It visually demonstrates the gaps between where the need is and where projects currently exist or are in the pipeline. Additional data and refinements will be added to the map in the months ahead.
“We need to build more and turn up the ingenuity and innovation as we construct a comprehensive crisis response strategy,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “This map helps us understand the work that remains in terms of prevention, intervention, and regulatory relief. We must work together to address homelessness and what drives it, so that anyone who calls Los Angeles home is able to live a life of dignity, worth and purpose.”