West Hollywood is one of 31 cities in Los Angeles County that are recipients of grants from the L.A. County Homeless Initiative and United Way of Los Angeles.
The city will receive $300,000 to study the feasibility of city-owned or other sites for bridge or permanent housing for homeless people. Bridge housing is used to house a homeless person working through a process to become stable enough for permanent housing. While the city currently provides a wide range of services through various contractors, housing is only available in places outside of West Hollywood.
The grant comes from $8.2 million in Measure H funding. Measure H is a proposition that was passed by voters in 2017 that raises the sales tax by .5% to provide resources to deal with the county’s homeless crisis. West Hollywood’s funding is part of $3.2 million donated to fund proposal for providing services to the homeless. Another $5 million was awarded to fund housing projects.
In an announcement of the grant, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district encompasses West Hollywood, said: “The homeless crisis is so complex, our strategies and solutions must be nuanced and multi-faceted. I am thrilled that our cities have responded so enthusiastically to this Measure H opportunity and I am eager to see their proposals rolled out. Supporting the efforts of our cities brings us closer to our shared goal of increasing the stock of affordable and interim housing, and improving services for those at risk of falling into homelessness. By working together, we can help get our unhoused neighbors on the path to permanent stability.”