Homeless Services Authority Debuts Method of Tracking Available Housing


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority today is planning to announce a method to address homelessness and supportive housing availability that is similar to natural disaster responses.

LAHSA interim executive director Heidi Marston will speak about the Housing Central Command, a new initiative to revamp how city, county and federal agencies work together and increase the speed and effectiveness to help people homeless people move into housing.

The HCC will use real-time data of the city's permanent supportive housing availability as well as funding streams, available vacant units and how quickly managers are moving people into them, according to LAHSA.

The HCC is based on the crisis response model developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to get people housed after a natural disaster.

Representatives from LAHSA, the Los Angeles County Development Authority, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, the County Department of Health Services and the County Department of Mental Health are all included in the HCC system.

Members are meeting daily, LAHSA officials said, and the HCC is part of the vision and planned restructuring of the local homeless authority.

Following the briefing on the HCC, LAHSA and other agencies will give a briefing to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which meets at 1 p.m. at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St.

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