Supervisor Hahn Pushes County to Increase Shelter Capacity
Los Angeles, CA– Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn to rapidly increase the capacity of homeless shelters across the County of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County has a homeless population of 58,000 people but does not have enough shelter beds to serve those who want to use them.
The motion directs the Chief Executive Officer and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to expeditiously utilize Measure H funds to increase shelter capacity and report back in 15 days.
“We are amassing tens of millions of dollars to construct affordable and permanent supportive housing,” said Supervisor Hahn. “But these projects are complex and will require time to complete. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people remain without even basic shelter.”
Supervisor Hahn acknowledged that problems exist in the shelter system but pushed it as an important resource. She has been a leader on efforts to convert winter shelters to year-round shelters and allow individuals to bring their pets into shelters.
“Our shelter system is far from perfect and needs reform,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Shelter beds are not going to solve the homeless crisis but they are a source of immediate help for people who have no other option but sleeping on our streets.”
The CEO and LAHSA will report back to the board with a plan to increase shelter bed capacity in LA County in 15 days