Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Housing Element Update

Program 17: Shelter Plus Care - Supportive Housing Program

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) assumes responsibility for coordinating the community process for developing the Los Angeles Continuum of Care strategy. Planning for the Continuum of Care occurs through the facilitation efforts of LAHSA staff, through the work among numerous coalitions in the Continuum, and through the public meetings of the LAHSA Advisory Board and Commission.
Continuum of Care funding is awarded on a competitive basis to community-based organizations. Three funding programs exist under the Continuum of Care: Shelter Plus Care, Supportive Housing Program, and the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Moderate Rehabilitation Program. Due to the lack of existing SRO hotels in the Urban County, there have been little interest in these funds. The other two programs are described below:

  • Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program: The S+C Program provides rental assistance for difficult-to-serve homeless persons with disabilities in connection with supportive services funded from sources outside of the program. S+C was designed to give an applicant maximum flexibility by allowing the rental assistance to be tenant, sponsor, or project-based (with or without rehabilitation). Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, and public housing authorities (PHAs). Under the sponsor-based component, an applicant must subcontract with a private non-profit organization or a community mental health agency established as a public non-profit organization.
  • Supportive Housing Program (SHP): The SHP is designed to develop supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, other governmental entities such as PHAs, public non-profit community mental health associations, and private non-profits.

Objectives Annually apply for funding to develop and expand the Continuum of Care strategy for the homeless, using Shelter Plus Care – Supportive Housing Program during the planning period.
Policies Policy 4.1: Provide financial assistance and ensure that necessary supportive services are provided to assist low and moderate income households and those with special needs to attain and maintain affordable and adequate housing.
Timeframe Ongoing
Responsible Agency Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Community Development Commission, Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Funding Source Federal McKinney Homeless funds

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