LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a motion authored by Chair of the Board Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, that supports the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) request that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provide an exception for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care’s 2021 unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) count:

“Los Angeles County, like much of the world, is still navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic and has firm public health orders in place given the surge in COVID-19 cases,” said Chair Solis. “Moving ahead with the annual Point-in-Time counts of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness would be a risky and challenging activity at best and a dangerous, superspreader event in the worst-case scenario, quickly infecting a high number of people with a very contagious and deadly disease. To that end, it is critical for the County to support LAHSA’s request that HUD provide an exception to conduct the 2021 unsheltered Point-in-Time count so that we can keep our most vulnerable safe from contracting this deadly virus.”

The motion instructs Los Angeles County’s Acting Chief Executive Officer to send a five-signature letter to the Office of Special Needs and Assistance Programs at HUD, with a copy to the LAHSA, in support of LAHSA’s request for an exception for the 2021 PIT count of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness in order to protect the health and safety of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness as well as staff, volunteers, and service providers.

To view the motion, click here.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov