LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion on increasing support for undocumented individuals and immigrants experiencing homelessness:

“The housing and homelessness system can be particularly challenging for monolingual populations to navigate, leading many undocumented individuals and immigrants experiencing homelessness to fall through the cracks of our County’s social safety net. In addition, the lack of lawful immigration status for some means that they are not eligible for many public benefits and may not enter the homeless services system through typical access points. Immigrants are more likely to seek services from trusted community partners such as churches, rather than traditional homeless service providers. To that end, our County can and should serve our immigrant communities who fall into homelessness. This motion seeks to do just that – bringing County departments together with community and faith-based organizations to support our immigrant residents. By building these partnerships, we can ensure that our homeless services system is accessible to all.”

According to a report published by the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles, there are signs that immigrants are not engaging with our homeless services system due to cultural differences and distrust of government.

The motion approved today directs the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, in collaboration with the County’s Departments of Consumer & Business Affairs’ Office of Immigrant Affairs, Public Social Services, Health Services, and Mental Health, the County’s Chief Executive Office’s Homeless Initiative, and community and faith-based organizations that work with immigrants and undocumented individuals experiencing homelessness to develop a plan to be issued in 90 days that will include policy recommendations to improve outreach and services to undocumented individuals experiencing homelessness.

To view the full motion, click here.