The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Tuesday announced it will receive $91.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help the homeless.
The federal funding includes the largest new grant in the nation — $10.1 million for 550 units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals.
The balance of the money will go to 231 other projects in Los Angeles and other portions of Los Angeles County.
The grant was awarded to the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, of which LAHSA is the lead agency, through a national competition for bonus funding. The amount awarded was the maximum possible.
“This $10 million in new homeless assistance funding is a strong vote of confidence by our federal partners in the work Los Angeles has undertaken to end homelessness,” said LAHSA Director Peter Lynn.
“These new projects will help more than 1,100 men, women and children move into permanent housing over the next year.”
The grant comes at a critical time, said LAHSA Commission Chair Kerry Morrison.
“On the eve of the homeless count, where we so clearly see the need for more resources in L.A. County … (the award) presents a significant and much needed boost,” Morrison said.
LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address homelessness.