Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative Honored for Innovation and Excellence

Posted on: 10/28/2017 00:00

Los Angeles County’s pioneering Homeless Initiative, a broad-based and inclusive blueprint to end and prevent homelessness for thousands of residents, has been honored with a 2017 Innovation and Excellence Award by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

The County’s unprecedented commitment to combatting the crisis of homelessness in local communities is part of a transparent and collaborative process to develop and implement a multi-strategy action plan. Los Angeles County voters showed their strong support of the initiative by approving Measure H, a special ¼-cent sales tax that will generate approximately $355 million a year for the next 10 years.

Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas, joined by Chief Executive Officer Sachi A. Hamai and Homeless Initiative director Phil Ansell, accepted the award on behalf of the county at an Oct. 26 ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

"The County is honored to be recognized nationally for developing the Homeless Initiative and providing an ongoing source of revenue through Measure H that will put us on a path to prevent and end homelessness," Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. "We have much to do, but thanks to the voters and support from a broad-based coalition of community partners, we're confident we can finally address this humanitarian crisis head on with the resources needed to effect real change."

Other honorees were the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland, Maine, and the Central City Concern in Portland, Oregon.

“Ending homelessness in any community demands a relentless focus on innovation and pursuit of excellence,” said Nan Roman, President and CEO of the Alliance. “This year’s awardees demonstrate the power and potential to create lasting change and put us on the road to ending homelessness. We are delighted to recognize their outstanding efforts.”

For more information on Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative, go to homeless.lacounty.gov


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