The 2015 Greater Los Angeles Point-in-Time Homeless Count revealed that Los Angeles County had more than 47,000 homeless individuals living within its boundaries, one of the highest figures in the nation. In order to reverse this trend, the homeless services arena needs effective policy, multi-agency collaboration, and a systems change approach. Shelter Partnership addresses the root causes of homelessness by creating systems that help people get and stay housed. Shelter Partnership does this by working collaboratively to build the capacity of community-based agencies, advocating for resources to increase and strengthen affordable housing and homeless services, and providing housing policy analysis and expertise to state and local government.
Shelter Partnership’s recent advocacy efforts achieved some significant results:
In late 2015 and early 2016, both the City and County of Los Angeles released comprehensive and deliberate plans to improve homeless systems and determine how to best allocate additional funding. Shelter Partnership submitted both informal and formal public comment that will allow the plans to go further in reducing the number of homeless persons living in Los Angeles City and County.
As part of a larger advocacy effort assembled by the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), Shelter Partnership helped secure an additional $100 million of funding for the County Affordable Housing Fund through 2020. At the state level, staff provides technical assistance and serves on the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Loan and Grant Advisory Committee.
At the federal level, Shelter Partnership participated in advocacy coordinated by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and CSH in Washington, DC, seeking full funding for Section 8 Vouchers to restore sequestration cuts, for funding the National Housing Trust Fund, and for full funding of HUD and SAMHSA homeless programs. The adopted FY2016 budget included our priorities.