Political Will Initiative Area: State and Federal Legislative Advocacy Strategies
Indicators of Community Progress Toward the Goal
Commit state and federal resources to the City and County plans*
AlignmentThe community adopts a consistent state and federal advocacy strategyFunctionalityLocal leaders support the state and national strategySustainabilityInfluential state and federal champions support the local community strategies to end homelessness
STATUS THROUGH 2017
Limited ProgressGovernor Jerry Brown signed 15 bills into law focusing on homelessness and affordable housingSome investments in PSH were stalled because of a legal challenge to the state’s No Place Like Home program. The County plan calls for maximizing the use of federal housing subsidies, but the County’s housing authority was forced to freeze issuing vouchers because of federal funding shortfallThe groundwork laid by public agencies, elected officials, and advocacy organizations drove many of the state legislative actionsBut—City and County leaders have not fully articulated assumptions and needs related to federal subsidies and other resources needed to achieve the goals in local plansLimited ProgressLimited ProgressLos Angeles County’s efforts to develop a comprehensive local strategy to end homelessness received national recognition, including The National Alliance to End Homelessness’ (NAEH) an Innovation and Excellence Award
Develop a shared local legislative strategy to influence state policymakers to protect at-risk subsidies and resources and, where possible, to leverage state and federal resources to pair with local funding from Measure H and Proposition HHHOn the federal level, focus on advocacy for Housing Choice Vouchers and other subsidy resources, increase funding to develop PSH, and halt policy changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act that would limit access to healthcare and housing supportsIn order to achieve this indicator the community needs to create and adopt a state and federal advocacy strategyIn order to achieve this indicator the community needs to create and adopt a state and federal advocacy strategy
Indicators of the Foundation’s Contribution to Community Progress
Direct EngagementFoundation staff works with community stakeholders to educate local, state, and federal elected officials as appropriate.2017: Limited Impact2017: Strong ImpactGrant Making PortfolioPolitical Will grant portfolio expands to address the need for a state and federal advocacy strategy.
Community Opportunity: Develop a legislative strategy to influence state and federal policymakers to protect at-risk subsidies and resources and, where possible, increase funding for PSH, including services. On the federal level, focus on advocacy for Housing Choice Vouchers and other subsidy resources, increased funding support for developing PSH, and halting policy changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act that would limit access to healthcare and housing supports and endanger the health and wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness. Local leaders should estimate and articulate their assumptions about state and federal resources available and resources needed to achieve goals related to the homeless plans.