Hahn Applauds Passage of Measure H Funding Allocations
Los Angeles, CA—Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn voiced her support for the Board’s passage of Measure H funding allocations which included her recommendations to strengthen the spending plan. Spending will start July 1.
“Because of the generosity of the voters we have the resources we need to provide help to people living on our streets,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “History has been made but the real work has just begun.”
While being generally supportive of the proposed spending guidelines, Supervisor Hahn offered three motions to strengthen the plan. Each passed with unanimous support of the Board.
Homeless College Students
Supervisor Hahn’s first motion attempts to address the growing problem of student homelessness. A recent study by California State University determined that one in ten CSU students experience homelessness.
“No one should have to choose between their education and a place to sleep at night,” said Supervisor Hahn, “yet that is exactly the choice facing many students in LA County.”
Supervisor Hahn’s motion instructs the CEO’s office to explore ways that we can direct Measure H funds to serving the unique needs of the homeless student population. Read the full motion here.
Childcare for Homeless Families
Supervisor Hahn also offered a motion aiming to increase access to childcare for homeless families. Families experiencing homeless may not have access to childcare or preschool making it difficult for parents to find stable work or even look for new housing. Supervisor Hahn’s motion will make Measure H funds available for the purpose of providing homeless families with quality childcare and preschool.
Flexibility for Long Beach
The Board also passed a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn which will give the City of Long Beach greater flexibility in spending their allocation of Measure H dollars.
“Long Beach has been able to reduce its homeless population and was one of the few bright spots in the recent homeless count results,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Measure H funding will soon help Long Beach add to these efforts but there is no one size fits all solution. I want to ensure that Long Beach leaders have the flexibility they need to build on that success and spend Measure H funds in a way that is best for Long Beach.”
Recently released results of the homeless count showed that the City of Long Beach was able to reduce its homeless population by 21% over the past two years. While the city is part of the County of Los Angeles, it is one of only a handful of cities that operate their own so-called continua of care. Other cities with their own continuum of care include Pasadena and Glendale.
Without Supervisor Hahn’s motion, Long Beach would have been required to allocate their Measure H funding in line with the same spending guidelines set for jurisdictions within the Los Angeles County Continuum of Care. While these guidelines are ideal for the Los Angeles County CoC they may not be best for the Long Beach CoC.
Mayor Robert Garcia was present at today’s board meeting to voice his support for flexibility in Measure H spending and Hahn’s motion.
“In Long Beach, we are making great progress with reducing homelessness,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “With Measure H funds we will be able to further strengthen our efforts and I appreciate Supervisor Hahn’s efforts to give us the flexibility we need to direct funding where it can have the most impact with assisting individuals and families transition from homelessness to permanent housing.”
Hahn’s motion instructs the County CEO’s office to work with Long Beach, Pasadena, and Glendale to provide them greater flexibility in spending of Measure H funding without supplanting existing efforts. Read the full motion here.