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August 24, 2021 | 3,546 total views

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Los Angeles Outreach Teams Bring Thousands of 人 Inside Within Six Months
 

m88less Rehousing agency continues to call for a more significant investment in housing to grow the success of its outreach efforts.

洛杉矶-今天, the Los Angeles m88less Services Authority (m88) announced that outreach teams across the Los Angeles 连续的护理 brought 5,312 unsheltered individuals inside and ended homelessness for an additional 472 people in the first half of 2021.

在同一时期, the homeless rehousing system’s 240 outreach teams contacted 22,152人62,089倍. During those interactions, outreach teams built trust and rapport with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness by offering small items to help meet their needs, 包括卫生用品, 瓶装水, 和食物.

Those interactions helped outreach teams successfully start 15,208 people on the path to 永久住房 through assessments or beginning case management services.

“Outreach is a critical part of the homeless rehousing system that we’ve built since the implementation of Measure H in 2017. 从2015年到2020年, the annual number of contacts our outreach teams made has increased by 296%,海蒂·马斯顿说, Executive Director of m88. “There is no doubt that our outreach teams’ efforts have significantly contributed to ending homelessness for the more than 65,000 people our system has housed over the last three years.”

This data reflects the Los Angeles 连续的护理’s outreach efforts from January to mid-May 2021 as recorded in m88’s m88less Management Information System. The data contained in HMIS accounts for about 80% of the efforts to address homelessness in Los Angeles County and does not include data from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs or the cities of Long Beach, Glendale, and Pasadena.

尽管这样的成功, m88 is continuously developing ways to improve the effectiveness of its outreach teams. Last month, m88 released its “Best Practices for Addressing Street Encampments“报告, which offers guidance to m88’s nonprofit partners on balancing the need for location-specific work on unsheltered homelessness with the importance of a regional, trauma-informed approach to unsheltered homelessness that effectively moves people from an encampment into shelter or housing in a lasting, 可持续的方式.

One of the key principles of m88’s Best Practices for Addressing Street Encampments is to provide adequate, 适当的, and low-barrier resources to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. That includes securing enough shelter, 永久住房, and affordable housing to create a balanced rehousing system.

During last month’s Housing Inventory Count briefing, m88 revealed that a balanced rehousing system contains five 永久住房 placements for every shelter bed. However, the Los Angeles system has a ratio closer to one-to-one. The agency called upon its government partners to make a more significant investment in 永久住房 for unsheltered individuals.

“It is critical that our region continues to add to our housing and shelter supply. We need more strategic investments that create low-barrier and private shelter options in areas of the county where the need is greatest. But shelter without a 永久住房 option leaves people stuck. 谢谢支持. hhh, 有将近13个,000 永久住房 units on the way, but we need thousands more to solve our region’s housing crisis,” Marston added during the briefing.

关于 The m88less Rehousing System’s Outreach Teams

More than 850 people in 240 teams across several government agencies and dozens of nonprofits conduct outreach in the Los Angeles 连续的护理. The County’s Department of Health Services Housing for Health unit utilizes Measure H to fund 70 multi-disciplinary teams specializing in mental health, 药物滥用, 和应急响应. The Department of Mental Health’s HOME teams work with the gravely disabled.

m88 deploys 93 m88less Engagement Teams (HET) across Los Angeles County. m88 outreach teams come from diverse backgrounds reflecting the populations they serve, including many staff with lived experience, 35% of outreach staff are black, 49%是西班牙裔. Outreach staff are deeply mission-driven men and women who work on the frontlines of homelessness every day to help our unhoused neighbors get on a path home.

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