Category: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)

Homeless Rehousing System in Los Angeles Hampered by Long Shelter Stays: Officials

LOS ANGELES—Around one-fifth of people living in interim housing shelters in Los Angeles moved into permanent housing over the last fiscal year, according to data released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Sept. 26. The data was part of a new set of key performance indicator metrics presented by the agency to measure…


LA City Officials Seek Third-Party Homeless Count, Audit of Previous Counts

LOS ANGELES—Some City Council members are calling for options to have a third party conduct a count of Los Angeles’ unhoused population and a multi-year audit of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) previous counts, according to two motions filed Sept. 20. LAHSA has conducted point-in-time homeless counts every year since 2015—with the exception…


Despite More Spending, Homelessness Continues to Rise in Los Angeles

The number of homeless individuals in Los Angeles County rose 4.1 percent since 2020, counting over 69,000 homeless countywide and 42,000 in the City of LA, according to the latest point-in-time tally released Sept. 8 by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The homeless count, which took place from Feb. 22–24, determines how much…


Los Angeles Homeless Count Delayed Again Due to COVID-19

The results of the 2022 homeless count in Los Angeles County will not be published until September, delaying it from its previous June deadline, citing COVID-19 interruptions. The lead agency that provides resources for the homeless in the county, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), conducts annual homeless counts in all of the county’s…


LA Homeless Agency: Workers Throw Food Away to Protect Homeless

LOS ANGELES—Responding to a broadcast report, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) said on May 24 that its employees throw uneaten food in dumpsters “to protect the health and safety of the people they serve.” CBSLA said Monday its investigative team monitored LAHSA teams for months as they were tasked with picking up food…


LA’s Top Homeless Agency Elevates 2 Chief Officers to Co-Lead After Director Resigned

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) will temporarily be co-led by chief officers Molly Rysman and Kristina Dixon, now that Executive Director Heidi Marston, who announced her resignation earlier this week, has stepped back from her leadership role. Marston, who had led LAHSA since December 2019, had previously said her resignation would be…


Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director Heidi Marston Announces Resignation

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) executive director submitted her resignation letter on April 25, citing disagreements over compensation for staff. Heidi Marston noted that LAHSA previously paid employees as low as $33,119 a year, and as executive director she raised the 196 lowest compensated employees’ pay to $50,000 a year in March…


Los Angeles Concludes Homeless Count for 2022

LOS ANGELES—The annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count concluded this week after a year-long hiatus after officials suspended the count during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. Data—which is expected in May or June—on how many homeless individuals are counted translates into funding from the federal government for more services and programs. The…


LA County 2022 Homeless Count Postponed to Feb. 22–24

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) announced on Jan. 14 that its annual homeless count will be postponed for one month due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, now taking place Feb. 22–24. The effort, known as the point-in-time count or Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, is essential to understanding how large the region’s…