Addressing the homelessness crisis across Los Angeles is complex. Several public agencies of the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County oversee funding and resources for the homeless service system. Over the past four years, leaders from these agencies have come together to work toward a common goal of ending homelessness by aligning funding and prioritizing highly vulnerable individuals. As a result of this collaboration, the community has a strong bench of leaders across City and County departments, homeless service providers, and community organizations.
During 2018, stakeholders across Los Angeles County sought solutions to the increasing number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. As in previous years, political and public will was tested when the public resisted efforts to create new shelters and permanent housing, while at the same time the visibility of the unsheltered population, including people living in encampments, grew. In response, organizations significantly ramped up efforts to build public and political support. They hosted community-wide events to educate the public by showcasing examples of supportive housing and having people with lived experience of homelessness tell their stories. Additionally, community stakeholders came together for the first time to strategize on state advocacy efforts. The intent was to capitalize on a new housing-focused administration at the state level.