The Road Home
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The Road Home

Fund the 15k

Since March, LAHSA has been working around the clock to bring inside unsheltered individuals over 65 or those who have an underlying health condition because they have the highest risk of hospitalization or death if they contract COVID-19. There are currently 15,000 people in Los Angeles County who meet that criteria, more than 4,000 of whom have been sheltered in Project Roomkey.

Those individuals urgently need to be placed into permanent housing along with the remaining 11,000 most vulnerable to COIVD-19. To accomplish that goal, LAHSA has proposed the COVID-19 Recovery Plan to rapidly house all 15k. If funded, we could start housing people immediately.

Winston Forney smiles from the door of his new Project Roomkey hotel room, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

The Recovery Plan

With full funding, most of the people who are housed through the Recovery Plan will be in addition to the 20,000+ individuals that the homeless services system already houses every year, dramatically accelerating our homelessness response.

The Recovery Plan will house people in two phases. Phase 1 focuses on a massive lease-up effort that houses the majority of the 15,000 into pre-existing and newly leased “Recovery Housing.” Phase 2 will connect clients to more permanent resources and housing depending on their needs.

The system can move quickly — when it is equipped with the necessary resources and political will. The Recovery Plan does not hinge on waiting for months to build new shelter beds. If funded, it starts moving the unhoused into existing vacant market-rate units immediately. To ensure that the target populations are moved into housing quickly, LAHSA will use Housing Central Command to identify available market-rate units in real-time, and quickly match them to eligible people experiencing homelessness.

The COVID-19 Recovery Plan meets the moment by providing:

  • Robust housing navigation to ensure there’s sufficient staff to secure a large number of housing units and move people into those units;
  • Strong landlord incentives and holding fees that will be attractive to landlords, especially in an uncertain housing market where rents are leveling off or declining;
  • A turnkey centralized command model that enables the system to move at a much larger scale.

Learn more about the Recovery Plan here.

What is needed

The overall cost of the program will top $800 million over three years, but $200 million of that includes costs that are already planned in the homeless services system. Recently, the County committed $308 million of its emergency response funds to implement the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. That leaves approximately $300 million can be funded by emergency response funds from our government partners.

The full implementation of this plan is dependent on the amount of funding LAHSA receives. If LAHSA only receives a portion of the funding, then LAHSA will only be able to house a portion of our target population.

We have the roadmap to bring the most vulnerable 15,000 home and we can get them there immediately. We just need the funding to make it happen.

How you can help

Use Everyone In’s tool to tell your supervisor to support our plan to house 15,000 https://everyoneinla.org/covid-recovery/ and then use their tool to tweet to your representatives: https://everyoneinla.org/safe-homes/

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news and ways to help encourage our government partners to #FundThe15k.

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