LA County budget calls for $600M to combat homelessness, other social services

Measure H provides a new municipal revenue source

Apr.April 18, 2017 03:30 PM
Homeless encampments in Downtown LA (Getty Images)

Los Angeles County proposed a budget Monday that would funnel more money into services for its most vulnerable residents, including the homeless.

The budget would devote more than $600 million toward services such as helping to reduce and prevent homelessness, hiring new social workers, improving foster care and other social services. 

The total budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018, which starts July 1, is $30.2 billion, an increase of $137 million over the prior year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

County Chief Executive Sachi Hamai said there were new revenue sources available to L.A. this year, such as Measure H. The measure — approved in March — calls for a quarter-cent sales tax to fund homeless services countywide. It will provide roughly $355 million annually to combat homelessness, according to the LA Times.

However, the budget does not consider any proposed cuts at the state and federal levels, some of which could affect the county. President Donald’ Trump’s “America First” budget blueprint would reduce funding for the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Housing and Urban Development, major sources of the county’s discretionary funding. It would also eliminate funding for several programs through which the county receives money, including the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which helps provide affordable housing to low-income Americans. [LAT]Subrina Hudson

Related Articles

Mitchell Englander in front of L.A. City Hall (Credit: Lilly Lawrence/Getty Images, and iStock)

Ex-LA council member surrenders to FBI in real estate probe

Interest rate drops spur loan requests from multifamily borrowers (Credit: iStock)

Multifamily owners rush to refinance their mortgages

Best of TRD 2019 promo

Coming soon: The Real Deal’s Best of 2019

David Ryu (Credit: Getty Images)

LA becomes 1st city to enact ban on developer money

2201 Rosecrans Ave in El Segundo

Continental snags $55M refi on El Segundo office portfolio

From left: Gavin Newsom and David Chiu (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Will rent control dent the multifamily market? Lenders, investors weigh in

From left: Jose Huizar, Huang Wei, Mohamed Hadid, Robert Herscu, Raymond Chan, and Arman Gabay, with Los Angeles City Hall (Credit: iStock and Getty Images)

Real estate’s role in LA corruption scandals

From left: Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblymember David Chiu, Senator Holly Mitchell, and Senator Nancy Skinner (Credit: Getty Images)

Here are the key housing and rent control bills state lawmakers are debating