The Policy Café breakfast series brings together clinics, policymakers, community leaders, researchers and other stakeholders for quarterly discussions on the issues impacting Los Angeles County’s health care landscape. From sessions on state issues to debates at the federal level, and discussions on life after health care reform, the series drives dialogue on today’s hot topics. No podium. No PowerPoint. Just frank conversation.
Home for Good: Meeting the Critical Needs of LA’s Homeless
Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative
Homelessness in LA County is in a state of emergency. From 2013 to 2017, the county experienced an alarming 38% increase in the number of homeless individuals. This crisis prompted unprecedented amount of funding and resources from Los Angeles County dedicated to combat homelessness. Voters approved Measure H in 2017, which raises $350 million a year for homeless services and programs, and there are positive results thus far. The 2018 LA county homeless count shows a 16 percent decrease in chronic homelessness, with Veteran homelessness dropping 18 percent. Unfortunately, there is an increase in those experiencing first time homelessness.
Beyond affordable housing, homelessness may be viewed as a public health issue requiring the attention of social support, mental health, and substance use providers. How can health centers, housing, and homeless services providers work with County agencies to create integrated, long-term solutions for this at-risk, vulnerable population?
Join us for a timely discussion with Phil Ansell, Director of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative on Friday, July 20 at The Huffington Center at Saint Sophia Cathedral (1324 Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006).
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