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Rethinking Of LA's Homeless Services Authority Likely

Homelessness on Skid Row (James Bernal/LAist)
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Faced with a mounting homelessness crisis, Los Angeles politicians are considering reforming the L.A. Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the agency that is tasked with managing the crisis.

This week, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to potentially rethink how LAHSA works. It’s the third such proposal this year.

Precisely how — or even if — LAHSA may be restructured is unclear. But all the various efforts to reform the agency have been aligned, and will likely be presented to the public later this year or early next.

LAHSA coordinates and manages approximately $400 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds. It’s responsible for overseeing the regional case management system, a substantial amount of contract management related to homeless services, and executing the annual homeless count, among other responsibilities.

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