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County commits over $500 million to combat homelessness

Last week the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $532.6 million spending plan to combat homelessness countywide.

Approximately 87% of the money, $466.75 million, will be Measure H funds from the quarter-cent sales tax passed by voters in 2017. The remaining $65.86 million will be funded by the state.

About 43% of the allocation, or $227.3 million, will go toward permanent housing, including “a significant increase in permanent supportive housing services to continue serving about 13,300 individuals and families and begin serving an additional 7,700 individuals and families,” according to the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative…

…According to pre-pandemic data from the California Housing Partnership, there is a  shortfall of 499,430 affordable and available rental homes in Los Angeles County. To further illustrate how many people may be on the brink of homelessness, 78% of extremely low income households in Southern California are severely cost burdened, meaning more than half of their income goes to rent.