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Glendale City Council Supports Los Angeles County Measure H to Address Homelessness

For Immediate Release

Post Date:02/23/2017 9:19 AM

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Christine Powers, Program Supervisor
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Thomas R. Lorenz, Director of Communications & Community Relations
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Glendale City Council Supports Los Angeles County Measure H to Address Homelessness

Glendale, CA – Glendale City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 14 to support Los Angeles County Measure H, a measure that would provide funding for supportive services for the approximately 47,000 homeless individuals and families throughout the County. Measure H is a proposal to increase sales tax in LA County by a quarter cent to fund its plan to prevent and combat homelessness.

This special sales tax would go into effect on July 1, 2017 and would continue for a period of ten years, should the voters approve the measure on March 7, 2017. The tax would be levied in the incorporated and unincorporated regions of LA County, including Glendale. If approved, Measure H is anticipated to raise over $350 million per year, and would fund mental health, substance abuse treatment, health care, education, job training, rental and housing subsidies, case management services, emergency and affordable housing, transportation, outreach, prevention, and supportive services for homeless children, families, foster youth, veterans, battered women, seniors, disabled individuals, and other homeless adults. An annual expenditure plan would be approved by the LA County Board of Supervisors each year.

“Measure H and the wealth of services it will provide are well worth it, and the City of Glendale will work with Los Angeles County to ensure that we are able to obtain appropriate funding to help address the issue of homelessness in our community,” said Mayor Paula Devine.

The City of Glendale created its own Continuum of Care (CoC) in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in the City of Glendale, and coordinates $3 million annually in federal, state, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to homeless persons. Glendale is one of only three cities in Los Angeles County that operates its own CoC and is eligible to receive such funds directly from US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Through its CoC, the City of Glendale has been successful in developing strategies and putting programs and projects in place to fill gaps in the CoC that will successfully move homeless persons through the different points in the Continuum and onto self-sufficiency.  These programs will continue to fund 130 units of permanent supportive housing and ongoing intensive case management, outreach, mental health, substance abuse, and veterans programming.  In January 2016, 240 unduplicated homeless persons were counted in Glendale, of which 201 are adults and 39 are children, indicating a gap between resources and the need for services.

 

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