The Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties have been awarded nearly $172 million in federal dollars to address homelessness, out of the more than $364 million that are going to programs in California, it was announced Tuesday.
The largest share of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds — around $114 million — is going to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which covers most of the Los Angeles County with the exception of Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena.
The funding which is $19.4 million more than what LAHSA received last year will go toward programs that provide services, such as wraparound care that help the individual or families stay housed.
“These funds continue the support for critically-needed Permanent Supportive Housing,” LAHSA Executive Director Peter Lynn said. “They will enable LAHSA and its partner agencies to expand services for the most vulnerable chronically homeless populations.”
A total of $2 billion is awarded to local agencies around the country under the grant program known as “Continuum of Care.”
A full list of the local programs funded is on HUD’s website.
The department collects homeless count data from local agencies, and based its funding allocations on the 552,380 people who were counted as homeless on a given night in 2018.
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The nationwide figures also showed that homelessness among families with children fell by 2.7 percent since 2017, and by 29 percent compared with 2010. The number of homeless veterans dropped by 5.4 percent since 2017, and by 49 percent since 2010.
Here are the HUD allocations to the local homeless services agencies in the Los Angeles region:
Los Angeles City and County (overseen by LAHSA) — $114,068,101;
Santa Ana, Anaheim/Orange County — $23,078,297;
San Bernardino City & County — $9,767,625;
Riverside City & County — $9,504,646;
Long Beach — $7,719,064;
Pasadena — $3,237,278;
Glendale — $2,378,978;
Oxnard, Ventura/Ventura County — $2,048,233