HACLA Homeless Initiatives

March 2017

 

 

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) has committed permanent supportive housing (PSH) assistance to more than 17,100 households of formerly homeless and chronically homeless individuals and families through the following rental assistance subsidy programs:  

 

Waiting List Limited Preference: Homeless Program

The goal of the program is to provide permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and families while insuring them access to supportive services to maintain independent living. The Homeless Program’s allocation of 4,111 housing choice vouchers, targets homeless individuals and families living in transitional housing, emergency shelters, and the streets.  The HACLA currently works with 19 non-profit and public agency partners located throughout the City of Los Angeles.  

 

Waiting List Limited Preference: Tenant-Based Supportive Housing Program

The Tenant Based Supportive Housing program (TBSH) provides affordable, permanent, supportive housing for high-service-need chronically homeless individuals and families by providing rental subsidies and supportive services through the collaborative effort of the Authority and local service providers. The intensive supportive services enable chronically homeless individuals and families to stabilize their living conditions and remain successfully housed for the length of time that they are on the program. The TBSH program currently has 800 housing choice vouchers. The HACLA currently works with nine non-profit and public agency partners located throughout the community.

 

Permanent Supportive Housing Project-Based Voucher Program

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program provides long term rental subsidy contracts that facilitate development of housing for homeless and chronically individuals and families, targeting a variety of special needs populations.  Under federal regulations, a public housing authority may choose to provide Section 8 PBV rental assistance for up to 20% of its units under the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). Initial rents in PBV properties are set at the Section 8 Existing Fair Market Rents (FMRs) or Voucher Payment Standard (VPS), whichever is higher.

 

The Housing Authority selects projects for PBV through a competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) issued jointly with the Los Angeles Housing Department and the Los Angeles County Health Departments as the Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSHP).  Upon Housing Authority project award and HUD approval, the HACLA executes an Agreement to enter into a Housing Assistance Payments (AHAP) Contract with the developer.  When the project is ready for occupancy, a 15 year HAP Contract for rental subsidy is executed.  The Housing Authority currently has 60 PSHP PBV projects online or in development, consisting of 2,409 units.

 

HUD-VASH Program

VASH stands for Veterans Affairs (VA) Supported Housing.  The HUD-VASH Program is a partnership that was developed by the VA with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide permanent housing and supportive services to homeless and chronically homeless veterans.  The program partners the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).  The HUD-VASH goal is to combine Section 8 rental assistance vouchers with case management and clinical services provided by the VA at its medical centers to enable homeless and chronically homeless veterans and their families to re-integrate in the community, remain in stable housing, and lead healthy, productive lives. In May 2016, HACLA awarded 500 HUD-VASH PBVs to two developers to convert motels into housing for homeless veterans. In January 2017, HACLA was awarded 150 new PBV HUD-VASH vouchers, bringing the City’s total allocation of these units focused on homeless and chronically homeless veterans to 4,059.

 

Waiting List Limited Preference: Homeless Veterans Initiative

S8 increased the Waiting List Limited Preference for Homeless by 500 vouchers to support the Homeless Veterans Initiative which will target homeless veterans who are not VA healthcare eligible, a population currently not being assisted. HACLA’s non-profit and public agency partners will provide supportive services which will enable the veterans to maintain independent living and remain successfully housed. These vouchers will help to meet the Mayor’s goal of housing all homeless veterans by the end of this year.

 

Shelter Plus Care (Continuum of Care Rental Assistance) Program  

The Shelter Plus Care Program was created under the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act and is designed to promote permanent housing with supportive service to persons with disabilities coming from the streets and emergency shelters.  Shelter Plus Care grants require a supportive services match and leverage equal to, or greater than, the amount of rental assistance funded by HUD. HUD selects projects for Shelter Plus Care funding in a national Continuum of Care (CoC) competition based on regional and national homeless assistance goals.  The Housing Authority chooses projects to include in an application to HUD through a Request For Proposals (RFP) process coordinated with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Selected applicants receive one-year rental assistance grants on behalf of homeless tenants.  The grants provide for a variety of rental housing components:  Tenant-Based (TRA), Sponsor-Based (SRA) and Project-Based (PBA).To be eligible for the program, a person must be homeless or chronically homeless with a mental illness, substance abuse or HIV/AIDS issue, and must be referred by the community-based organization that provides the required supportive services.

 

In January 2015, HACLA was awarded almost $13 million from the 2014 CoC competition. The award from HUD will provide funding for 747 chronically homeless individuals and families, including veterans. The award also included 547 units for the Permanent Supportive Housing component of the competition and was the largest award in that category in the country.

 

In May 2016, HACLA was awarded $3.2 million in new federal funds from the 2015 CoC competition to provide housing for chronically homeless people. The award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide funding for supportive housing for 218 chronically homeless individuals and families in the City of Los Angeles. The HACLA has participated in the Shelter Plus Care – Continuum of Care program since 1992 and has a current allocation of 4,150 units.

 

Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program

The Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program was created under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The Section 8 rental assistance provided under this program is designed to bring more SRO units into the local housing supply to assist homeless persons into permanent housing. HUD’s strategy is to convert existing housing, a rundown hotel, or even an abandoned building into safe and decent housing. HUD selects applicants for Moderate Rehabilitation SRO funding in the national CoC competition based on regional and national homeless assistance goals.  The HACLA first chooses projects to include in an application to HUD through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process in coordination with LAHSA.  Selected SRO projects (owners) receive rental assistance on behalf of a homeless tenant for ten years.  The rental subsidy in the Moderate Rehabilitation SRO Program is attached to the building or unit as Project-Based rental assistance.  The HACLA currently has an allocation of 1,107 SRO Moderate Rehabilitation units with four non-profit developers.   

 

HACLA HOMELESS INITIATIVE TOTALS

 

Program

Allocation

Homeless Program

4,111

Tenant Based Supportive Housing Program

800

Permanent Supportive Housing PBV Program

2,409

Homeless Veterans Initiative

500

HUD-VASH Program

4,059

Shelter Plus Care Program

4,150

Moderate Rehabilitation SRO Program

1,107

TOTAL

17,136

 

Moving On Program

HACLA has made it possible for formerly homeless residents in the Shelter Plus Care program who have stabilized their lives and no longer need the level of supportive services provided by that program to transfer to the Housing Choice Voucher program and move on with their lives.  This provides people with maximum independence and mobility, and frees our highest-impact, highest-service provision units for chronically homeless individuals who need them.  This innovative program has assisted more than 500 formerly chronically homeless individuals to reintegrate into the community.

 

Home For Good

HACLA is a leader in Home For Good, L.A.’s plan to end veteran and chronic homelessness.  The Home For Good Funders Collaborative aligns public and private, City and County resources in a seamless NOFA process that supports shared goals, timing of grants and a continuum of funding to extend the reach of all partners working to end homelessness.  HACLA has aligned vouchers from the Tenant Based Supportive Housing program, Permanent Supportive Housing PBV program, Homeless Veterans Initiative and Moving On program with the Funders Collaborative.  The Home For Good Coordinated Entry System (CES) focuses outreach and housing navigation assistance on LA’s most vulnerable homeless, matching them for prioritized access to available PSH units.  The Home For Good Standards of Excellence are a community-driven set of standards and best practices that have been adopted to enrich the provision of supportive services and outreach for the homeless.  HACLA performs a valued leadership role in each of these core Home For Good initiatives.

Updated: 3/24/2017