West Hollywood Gets Grant to Study Housing Alternatives for Homeless People

West Hollywood is one of 31 cities in Los Angeles County that are recipients of grants from the L.A. County Homeless Initiative and United Way of Los Angeles.

The city will receive $300,000 to study the feasibility of city-owned or other sites for bridge or permanent housing for homeless people. Bridge housing is used to house a homeless person working through a process to become stable enough for permanent housing.  While the city currently provides a wide range of services through various contractors, housing is only available in places outside of West Hollywood.

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The grant comes from $8.2 million in Measure H funding.  Measure H is a proposition that was passed by voters in 2017 that raises the sales tax by .5% to provide resources to deal with the county’s homeless crisis.  West Hollywood’s funding is part of $3.2 million donated to fund proposal for providing services to the homeless.  Another $5 million was awarded to fund housing projects.

In an announcement of the grant, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district encompasses West Hollywood,

said: “The homeless crisis is so complex, our strategies and solutions must be nuanced and multi-faceted. I am thrilled that our cities have responded so enthusiastically to this Measure H opportunity and I am eager to see their proposals rolled out. Supporting the efforts of our cities brings us closer to our shared goal of increasing the stock of affordable and interim housing, and improving services for those at risk of falling into homelessness. By working together, we can help get our unhoused neighbors on the path to permanent stability.”

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michael Z
michael Z
10 months ago

I never see homeless in Beverly Hills………
No one sleeping on sidewalks……….
Whats the secret???

carleton cronin
10 months ago

Breathes there a public servant (remember those people?) who really knows what to do? It is a very complex situation aided by the complications of a system of laws which prevent authorities from taking the homeless off the streets and placing them – the mentally ill in hospitals, the families in lesser-known hotels or some of the city-owned buildings, the ill to a hospital… Why am I bothering with this? Dithering is a national ailment and little or nothing will be done in the short term. For those with no historical reference, you should know that once cities actually had… Read more »

Vigilant
Vigilant
10 months ago

Unfortunately we are now in an era of “fake charity” whereby many non-profits are established to portray a positive public image, consequently they receive the first slice of the pie leaving crumbs for their charity. A very well known organization has been known to scoop people up declaring them “in need to be conserved” if they had no relatives. What happens then? After engaging a known intermediary to incorrectly explain the concept, the individual was insidiously directed to sign papers after which a team arrived to confiscate many document files. The first visit from this organization was described as reminiscent… Read more »

JF1
JF1
10 months ago

Yes, the laws need to be changed to allow authorities to take the homeless off the streets and place them in mental health facilities or rehab centers. They are not our “unhoused neighbors” they are people in desperate need of treatment. Without treatment, we allow them to wallow in their own filth and addiction…doing nothing to help them or the community at large.

Eric Jon Schmidt
Eric Jon Schmidt
10 months ago

The residents should demand an audit report to see how the money is spent when they are finished

Vigilant
Vigilant
10 months ago

This seems outrageous. $300,000. to do a feasibility study to ………….? What has any conscious person employed in the city overseeing housing, city services and community development been doing since homelessness was perceived as a problem to exponentially grow to crisis levels? $300,000 again to the city to hire consultants to determine “nuanced” and “multi-faceted” solutions. So they are compensated for moving files around their desks and then what?
Apparently problem solving expertise is not one of the requirements for employment in Weho.

The time to do something is WHEN you think of it.

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