Southern California Program

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
$400,000
December 2018

United Way’s leadership of the Home for Good initiative to try to end homelessness has resulted in the participation of over 300 public/private sector partners and a decrease in the County’s overall homeless population.  With the recent infusion of public funds, United Way is leveraging the trust it has earned from business leaders, elected officials, public sector employees, and community partners to promote the efficient and effective deployment of these new resources to make a visible difference in LA’s fight against homelessness.  The project will address two issues of greatest concern – the growing number of street encampments and the rising cost of constructing new housing.  The goals of the project are to shorten the time it takes to move people off the streets, increase the number of chronically homeless individuals placed in permanent housing by 25% to 6,000 over two years, and accelerate the number of approved housing developments by 20% over the 5,300 units in the pipeline.  A Keck Foundation grant will support United Way’s Home for Good team and the nonprofits involved in testing new ways to better connect people living on the streets to shelters and housing about to open nearby and promote non-traditional, lower cost forms of housing.  If successful, these pilots can be brought to scale to maximize the investment of public funds.  To monitor progress, United Way will build project management and locally-based data collection tools and use policy roundtables that it hosts or participates in to address obstacles.

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