Homelessness : The Problem Of Homelessness Essay

1442 Words Dec 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Homelessness is an issue that goes back as far as the 1640s. The County of Los Angeles has been trying to combat the issues of homelessness for decades. The total estimated number of people experiencing homelessness in “Los Angeles County” according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is “46,874, an overall increase of 2,515 people or 5.7% from 2015 (44,359)” LAHSA.ORG (2016). Although many programs have been developed over the years, the numbers continue to increase for various reasons such as funding. These alarming numbers have caused great concern with Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LAC-BOS), prompting them to take an aggressive approach to finding a solution. In 2015, the BOS, in collaboration with the Mayor and other agencies approved a homeless initiative that focuses on 47 strategies to help people find homes. Since then, other measures have been taken to combat the issue. The purpose of this paper is to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness and identify how state and local budget allocations, as well as other revenues, are used to combat the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. I will identify various initiatives and policies put in place and the different type of revenue funds generated, how they are generated and how they are allocated to the different organizations collaborating to end homelessness. In the early 1980s, homelessness resurfaced as a health policy issue in the United States. Although many advocated…

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