Earlier this year, Mayor Garcetti and the mayors of California’s largest 11 cities pressed Governor Brown and the State Legislature for more funding to tackle homelessness in our cities.
The partnership between mayors and state leaders resulted in the Homeless Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP) — a $500 million block grant initiative that will provide direct, immediate aid to local governments to address California’s homelessness crisis. In 2019, Governor Newsom built upon that effort with another $500 million dollars for homelessness statewide, delivering almost $124 million to L.A.
Building on L.A.’s broader strategy, HEAP will provide $85 million to the City for assistance to homeless Angelenos and another $81 million to the Los Angeles Homelessness Services Authority. Funding can be deployed on capital; operating support; homelessness prevention; criminal justice diversion efforts; services for homeless youth or those at risk of homelessness; and emergency aid, including shelters, public bathrooms, and shower facilities.
Los Angeles is the first city to receive its HEAP grant award, and we will put those funds to work right away.
HEAP Spending Plan
At the direction of the City Council, the City Administrative Officer recommended funding five categories of spending in the City’s application. Council Offices and City Departments will be able to request funding from these accounts through a Council motion or letter, with final funding recommendations approved by the Homeless Strategy Committee, City Council, and Mayor.
Bridge Housing ($45 million): To increase the Crisis and Bridge Housing Fund to expand the City's bridge housing capacity in every Council district.
Skid Row Services ($20 million): To create a fund for homeless emergency response programs and projects for Skid Row, including temporary crisis and bridge housing, storage, hygiene programs, and reentry services for formerly incarcerated individuals.
General Funding ($11,512,246.30):To support homeless prevention and diversion programs, general homeless services, voluntary storage programs, emergency response, and hygiene services.
Youth Programs ($4,250,680.35): To invest in services for homeless youth or youth at risk of being homeless.
Administrative Costs ($4,250,680.35)
The 2019 HEAP budget is currently under discussion.