If you would like to provide input on how the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative should direct its funding for the 2024-25 fiscal year, you’re invited to take part in a series of “community listening sessions” the agency is holding “to strengthen strategies for addressing and preventing homelessness and to inform our annual funding recommendation for homeless services and housing.”
The full list of events is available on the Homeless Initiative website, but in short there will be individual sessions focusing on each of the County’s eight Service Planning Areas (our part of metro LA is covered by SPA 4), as well as a session conducted in Spanish, and another for people with lived experience of homelessness. According to the Homeless Initiative:
During these listening sessions, we will solicit feedback from diverse stakeholders and partners to ensure our updated strategies and budget are responsive to the unique needs and priorities of communities countywide. This year, our goal is to understand CEO-HI funding in relation to other homeless and housing funding sources and to continue to work together so that we can spend the most restrictive funds first braided with more nimble resources to improve our system. We would like to move towards using our most flexible resources, such as Measure H, as a catalytic funding source that can help fill gaps, expand capacity where needed and calibrate investments to maximize impact by anchoring to CEO-HI’s new framework.
All of the meetings will take place virtually on Zoom. The meeting for our local area – Service Planning Area 4 (Metro Los Angeles) – will be held on Friday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, please register here.
For information on the meetings for other Service Planning Areas, the Spanish-language session, or meetings for people with lived experience of homelessness, see the Homeless Initiative website links above, or contact Danielle Zapata at [email protected]./