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Molly Rysman Joins LAHSA

Molly Rysman has made an entire career of working on homelessness and affordable housing policy in Los Angeles.

For the past 15 years, she’s served in local government and the nonprofit sector, most recently as housing and homelessness deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. In the process, she helped develop and implement Measure H, create the county’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Rent Stabilization Ordinance, and create criminal justice reforms like the Office of Diversion and Re-entry, the Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative, and Measure J.

And this week, Molly joined the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as chief programs officer, starting a new chapter in her journey to seek housing justice and end homelessness in Los Angeles.

“LAHSA has shown incredible leadership and commitment during the COVID pandemic in standing up Project Homekey, providing life-saving outreach, expanding access to hygiene, and now with the COVID Recovery Plan and Roadmap Home,” Rysman said. “I am excited to join a fantastic team of leaders during a time when our region faces incredible challenges.”

In her new role, Rysman will position LAHSA to hold and refine the homeless rehousing system vision, oversee system-wide strategy deployment, and enhance internal and external accountability by managing system-wide planning and performance functions.

LAHSA has grown dramatically over the last three years and now serves as the backbone entity of the region’s homeless rehousing system driving system-wide strategy, execution, and active system performance management in addition to the administration of over $450 million in program funding.

“With her intimate knowledge of how the homeless rehousing system has evolved in Los Angeles over the past decade, Molly will be able to step in and have an immediate impact on the work we’re doing to streamline the system and get people housed,” LAHSA Executive Director Heidi Marston said. “I’m looking forward to working with her on this critical work, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives of our most vulnerable unhoused neighbors.”

Molly will be responsible for leading and synthesizing all system and performance management operations, data management solutions, and policy and government affairs activities to develop and ensure the implementation of system-wide policies and practices that achieve LAHSA’s mission and vision. She will also oversee the development of data and system management infrastructures and internal and external business practices necessary to achieve unified operational awareness of all system components.

“For too long, we have focused on solutions to homelessness that did not address the underlying causes of homelessness,” Rysman said. “This moment provides a unique opportunity to reimagine how we address racial disparities, how we lift up people with lived experience of homelessness to lead our work, how we create lasting financial stability for the people we serve.”

“LAHSA is in a unique position to facilitate these critical changes in our approach to homelessness.”

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