Several Los Angeles city council members want the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to release regular reports on place-based interventions, noting “minimal” reporting on cases in which the city targets specific sites for increased services and housing resources, according to a motion filed Friday.
Council members Mike Bonin, Nithya Raman, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Bob Blumenfield signed onto a motion seeking for LAHSA to file monthly reports for one year after a place-based intervention involving more than 10 unhoused individuals. The reports would include anonymous data on the placement and status of people experiencing homelessness in those sites.
According to the motion, the city has embraced a needs-based approach to addressing homelessness, but has begun to use more place-based interventions in recent years. Data on the long-term outcomes of unhoused individuals involved in place-based approaches has been lacking, as have overall assessments and lessons learned, the motion states.
“We also know from the minimal reporting that we do have that these place-based interventions can vary significantly in terms of cost, timeline, initial housing success, long-term housing retention and involvement from various city and county entities,” the motion reads.
The council members also requested for that LAHSA report every six months on best practices learned from previous place-based interventions.