Posted on 11/15/2022

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined local and State leaders to celebrate $15 million in State funding to house and provide services to 500 women and their families living in Skid Row — the State’s most significant award and its first direct investment in Skid Row.

“Skid Row is the epicenter of the homelessness crisis in our city — and we’re bringing every available resource to bear in serving our unhoused neighbors in this community,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This investment will help to bring the safety and stability that every Angeleno deserves to hundreds of women and their families.”

This grant is part of the State’s Encampment Resolution Funding Program (ERFP), created to assist local jurisdictions in ensuring the wellness and safety of people experiencing homelessness in encampments by providing services and support to address their immediate physical and mental wellness — resulting in meaningful paths to safe and stable housing.  Eligible grant uses include street outreach, engagement, housing and/or systems navigation, and workforce development. 

“I am proud of the state’s partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, LAHSA, and Downtown Women’s Center for bringing forward this innovative initiative to truly serve women living on Skid Row, meeting them where they are and accompanying them on their journey to stable housing, services and supports,” said Lourdes Castro Ramírez, Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency and co-chair of the California Interagency Council on Homelessness. “We are only able to do this because of the keen attention that Governor Newsom and the Legislature have placed on providing resources to communities across the state to solve unsheltered homelessness.”

The funding will provide a wide range of outreach and services to meet women in Skid Row where they are and determine their needs, including housing and health services.

Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has acted with unprecedented urgency to confront the homelessness and housing crisis — from expanding the homelessness budget to over 20 times what it was eight years ago, to launching the A Bridge Home shelter program, which has served over 5,500 distinct residents while HHH-funded projects are built. Measure HHH funding has enabled the City to increase its annual production of supportive housing by over 600%, from 300 to 2,000 units. In the 2022-2023 City budget, Mayor Garcetti championed a nearly $1.2 billion commitment to homelessness solutions. This City investment includes a total of more than 4,700 permanent supportive housing units, $370 million for more than 2,600 total housing units through Proposition HHH, and $208 million in matching funds for the second round of Project Homekey, which will add 928 units, of which 909 will be permanent supportive housing units. Los Angeles has received $258 million in State grants to create and operate nearly 6,000 interim housing beds and $488 million in two rounds of Homekey to acquire 2,400 interim and permanent units. In the past year, alongside City and County partners, LAHSA made 21,213 permanent housing placements — an increase of 220% since 2014.

“As the Chair of the Select Committee on LA County Homelessness and a long-time champion of historic state investments to combat homelessness, I’m proud to have partnered with LA City, LA County, and LAHSA to deliver nearly $15 million to Skid Row,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “This direct aid from the State will help 2/3 of unhoused women and their families living on Skid Row by providing them with critical services and helping them transition into housing. Together, we can address the urgent emergency of homelessness and help unhoused residents.”

“I am extremely grateful to Governor Newsom for this funding, which will change the lives of hundreds of women and their families in Skid Row,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “I look forward to continuing our work with the City of Los Angeles, the State, and our nonprofit partners to offer pathways to permanent housing options for the Skid Row community.”

“This funding continues significant investment and goal alignment between the State, City, and County we saw during the pandemic, which made a substantial impact on bringing our unsheltered neighbors inside through Project Roomkey and Project Homekey,” said Stephen David Simon, Interim Executive Director of LAHSA. “I thank Mayor Garcetti, Secretary Castro Ramirez, and Assemblymember Santiago for their efforts to make this plan a reality and look forward to working with our City, County, and nonprofit partners to find 500 women on Skid Row a permanent home.”