Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is the lead agency in Los Angeles’ HUD-funded Continuum of Care Program (one of 461 regional and local planning bodies nationally). LAHSA coordinates and manages over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness. Created in 1993, LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, governed by the politically appointed 10-member LAHSA Commission – five members selected by the County Board of Supervisors and five chosen by the Mayor and City Council.
Alongside thousands of volunteers throughout the LA County, LAHSA conducts the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count each year, as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine regional funding allocations. LAHSA’s statistics on homelessness in LA can be found here. Join the next homelessness count in 2021 (learn more here) or volunteer in other ways.