Welcome to the April edition of The Road Home. This edition of our newsletter features articles on an infographic report for the city of Lancaster, the State of Homelessness event, sustainable funding to address homelessness, and USC’s Racial Equity Team. For more frequent updates, check out our blog on Medium, also called The Road Home, here.
City Report - SPA1: Lancaster
This month we turn the spotlight on Lancaster and the work of LAHSA’s lead service provider for the Antelope Valley, Valley Oasis. In the second half of 2020, Lancaster led the way in Antelope Valley with the highest number of persons assessed and placements in interim housing, Rapid Re-Housing, and street outreach. Lancaster also led the way in permanent housing placements, accounting for 63% of the region's placements.

Congratulations to Valley Oasis for the incredible work that it has done in Lancaster.

If you would like to know more about how the homeless rehousing system performed in your city during the second half of 2020, see LAHSA’s latest Homelessness Statistics by City report.

To see a full version of the infographic, please click the button below.
The State of Homelessness
On March 18, LAHSA and United Way hosted a town hall to discuss our system’s efforts to end homelessness. During the event, we provided an update on our COVID-19 response, the rehousing system, and hosted a Q&A discussion about our system’s 2020 performance and our goals for 2021. 

LAHSA Executive Director Heidi Marston was joined by speakers Gloria Johnson (chair of the Lived Experience Advisory Board), Jon Christian (Speak Up Advocate, Corporation for Supportive Housing), and panelists Chris Ko (Vice President of Impact and Strategy, United Way), Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum (Executive Director of St Joseph Center), and Tiffany Duvernay (Speak Up Advocate, Corporation for Supportive Housing).

If you weren't able to attend, please use the link below to watch a recording of the event.
Advocating for State Policies to Fund Homeless Services
Assembly Bill 71, the “Bring California Home Act,” would create a permanent funding source for homeless services and permanent housing. As of now, no permanent state funding source exists.
USC’s Racial Equity Team tackles systemic forces that push Black lives into homelessness
USC's Racial Equity Team (RET) is a group of nationally recognized experts working on analyzing the implementation of the 67 recommendations of LAHSA's Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness. The 26-member committee released a report in Dec. 2018 that serves as a regional roadmap to address Black homelessness. The RET is collaborating with LAHSA and the City and County of Los Angeles to review structures of accountability and ability to implement the recommendations.