As we move into a new fiscal year and this next chapter of our ‘new normal,’ we know there are many more challenges ahead. Equity cannot be achieved by statements alone and COVID-19 is still very present. Our work continues. Providing permanent supportive housing to the most vulnerable, including predominantly to people of color, is more important than ever before. The 2019 homeless count for the City and County of Los Angeles was released this month showed a 14% and 12% increase, respectively, of people experiencing homelessness. And this pandemic will likely cause many more vulnerable families to become homeless in the coming months. Having an affordable home connected to services remains the best way to end long-term homelessness.