The ultimate goal for all people experiencing homelessness is to secure and retain permanent housing. Permanent housing strategies offer individuals and families short- or long-term rental subsidies in combination with varied levels of supportive services, as some may require permanent supportive housing, while those with lower needs may be successful in rapid re-housing programs.
The Permanent Supportive Housing Program (Strategy D7) provides individuals and families experiencing long-term homelessness with supportive housing by funding high quality tenant services and, when needed, local rental subsidies.
Significant outcomes for this program (as seen in the graph below) include:
- In the first 12 months of implementation, more than 2,800 individuals were linked to Intensive Case Management Services (ICMS), the supportive services that enable them to retain housing.
- Between July 2017 and June 2018, 1,229 individuals were approved for local rental subsidies and 1,317 individuals were approved for federal rental subsidies, which will enable them to pay the rent once housed.
- In the first year of implementation, 733 people were placed in permanent supportive housing.
Subsidized Housing for Homeless Disabled Individuals Pursuing SSI (Strategy B1) provides homeless disabled individuals with a housing subsidy and supportive services so that they can secure permanent housing, increasing their ability to secure Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and ultimately secure a higher income.
In 12 months, more 842 disabled participants have secured housing through this program. As a result, these individuals will be more likely to secure long-term income assistance through the SSI program and stay housed.
Rapid Re-Housing (Strategy B3) provides individuals and families experiencing homelessness with time-limited rental subsidies and supportive services, enabling them to quickly secure housing and pay their rent until they are able to cover the costs on their own.
Rapid re-housing programs enrolled 12,675 individuals in the past year and are currently serving nearly 19,000 individuals. More than 2,600 individuals have moved into permanent housing with a rapid rehousing subsidy. Over the past year, 3,336 individuals whose subsidies ended retained their housing or moved into other permanent housing.
The Homeless Incentive Program (HIP) (Strategy B4) helps homeless individuals and families who have federal housing subsidies to secure permanent supportive housing by incentivizing landlords to accept the subsidies and offering assistance with deposits and move-in costs.
Since implementation of Measure H began in July 2017, tenants served by the Housing Authority of Los Angeles County (HACoLA) have secured nearly 500 units with the help of landlord incentives. The success of this program is fueled by the $78,476 in tenant deposits and $1,285,217 in landlord incentives that the County has funded since July 2017. Although the data below is for HACoLA participants only, HIP has a much further reach in the County. Numerous other public housing authorities in the County have partnered with HACoLA to offer HIP incentives to landlords in their areas.
Christine Knowles stated after her mother passed away, her sister took over the estate, changed her lease agreement, and ultimately displaced her from her home. Being involved in an Unlawful Detainer court action hurt Christine’s finances, credit and her spirit to fight for herself. She became homeless, living six months on the streets.
Later she lived in Union Station Homeless Services’ Euclid Villa Transitional Housing for two years and was able to save 70 percent of her income. Beyond Shelter referred Christine to the Continuum of Care Program. Despite receiving a Section 8 certificate, she had a difficult time finding units where landlords accepted the voucher. When she started working with a Community Development Commission/Housing Authority (CDC/HACoLA) Homeless Incentive Program Housing Advisor, she began to regain her drive, dedication and patience to keep searching for housing despite the long process. Her patience and persistence paid off when, finally, she was accepted for an apartment. With assistance from CDC/HACoLA with her security deposit, Christine’s dream of having her own place came true.
“It only takes one ‘yes’. Even though 50 have said ‘no’, I only need one ‘yes’.”
Innovative Solutions to Increase the Supply of Affordable Housing
The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative partnered with the LA County Arts Commission to co-sponsor a design competition for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), sometimes called "granny flats." The County is also running a pilot program to incentivize development and rehabilitation of ADUs in the unincorporated areas of the County.