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The Road Home

COVID-19: What We’re Doing (Part II)

As Coronavirus continues to affect Los Angeles County and the world at large, LAHSA has been working diligently to keep our unhoused neighbors safe and to keep the public apprised of the ever-changing situation.

We have worked with our partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to develop and disseminate training specifically for outreach and shelter providers. We relayed that training and other guidance to our staff, partners, and providers about best practices to prevent and prepare for a coronavirus outbreak.

We’ve been working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and we have a staff representative at the Emergency Operations Center for the State of California to increase coordination between the State and Los Angeles County.

As a result of the state funding release announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday, LAHSA is expecting to receive $10.5 million in funding.

Outreach

Our outreach teams are receiving additional training on best practices for addressing a coronavirus outbreak. We’ve been procuring additional sanitation equipment for our outreach teams for their personal protection and to assist vulnerable people on our streets including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

A LAHSA outreach worker picks up food at an LA recreation center to distribute to homeless Angelenos living on the street.

We have worked with our partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to develop and disseminate training specifically for outreach and shelter providers. We relayed that training and other guidance to our staff, partners, and providers about best practices to prevent and prepare for a coronavirus outbreak.

LAHSA has also identified more than 300 sites countywide for mobile handwashing. See the interactive map of sites here and PDF list here.

Up-to-date Information

We’ve been providing information about COVID-19 and resources available on our website.

We also added a page Monday with additional information and resources about workforce development, domestic violence, and many more important topics.

Ongoing Efforts

Housing Central Command, LAHSA’s initiative to add efficiency and effectiveness to the permanent supportive housing system, has shifted its focus to get people age 65 and up as well as those with significant health risks into PSH.

LAHSA has also been working U.S. Census bureau to help connect them with hard-to-reach populations, including people experiencing homelessness. However, as of last week, we learned that the Census Bureau will suspend field operations for two weeks and delay the Service Based Enumeration and Targeted Non-Sheltered Outdoor Location counts for one month to April 29, April 30, and May 1. This applies to emergency and transitional shelters, soup kitchens, mobile meal sites, and outdoor locations such as encampments.

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