LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to increase permanent housing by expanding the flexible housing subsidy pool.
“Under my leadership, the County has made significant investments in interim housing programs including the Hilda L. Solis Care First Village and LAC+USC Restorative Care Village aimed at providing immediate care to individuals transitioning out of homelessness,” shared Chair Solis. “But in order to break the cycle of homelessness, we must also look to long-term solutions like permanent housing that provide the housing support individuals need to stay housed after they have successfully transitioned back into the community. Through this motion, we can make more permanent housing options immediately available without waiting for additional units to be built.”
The Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP) is a supportive housing rental subsidy program managed by the Department of Health Services (DHS) that provides ongoing financial assistance and housing retention support to ensure long term stability for individuals who have experienced homelessness. It is comparable to the federal voucher program, while providing more flexibility to meet the needs of individuals who may not qualify for federal vouchers.
“Over the last year and a half, we’ve demonstrated repeatedly that when the County is able to marshall adequate resources and housing, we can re-house large numbers of people quickly,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Today’s motion seeks to expand the County’s Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool which re-houses an average of 200 people a month, because it is a proven program that can help us re-house more people more quickly.”
The motion directs the Chief Executive Officer, in collaboration with the CEO Homeless Initiative (HI), Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) to report back in the FY 21-22 supplemental budget phase on the feasibility of creating up to 1,000 new FHSP slots using existing County and incoming federal and state homelessness funding including, but not limited to Homeless, Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP), the American Rescue Plan, and the Governor’s California Comeback Plan; provide an overview of how new funding opportunities can also be used to fund tenancy support and housing acquisition services for federal voucher holders; and provide recommendations on how to use new FHSP slots to increase turnover of interim housing beds by quickly matching high acuity clients to permanent housing and supporting the exit of clients from interim housing.
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