What is Measure H?
Measure H, the “Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness” is the March 7 ballot measure that will end homelessness for 45,000 families and individuals across Los Angeles County within five years. It will also prevent homelessness for 30,000 individuals and families over the same time period, including women and children, veterans, seniors, foster youth, and survivors of domestic violence.
Why do We Need Measure H?
The number of individuals and families estimated to be experiencing homelessness in LA County in January 2016 was 46,874, an overall increase of 2,515 people (6%) from 2015 (44,359) and 19% more than in 2013. The number of people living in encampments, tents and vehicles increased by 20% from 2015 to 2016 and a staggering 123% from 2013 to 2016.
How Will Measure H Work?
Measure H will invest $355 million a year for 10 years in the solutions that have been proven to prevent and end homelessness, including:
- Homelessness prevention services
- Comprehensive supportive services, like mental health care and job training
- Long term solutions like permanent housing
How is this Different than Proposition HHH?
Measure H funding will have an immediate impact and it will bring quick relief to those suffering on our streets.
Proposition HHH passed in the City of Los Angeles in November 2016 and builds housing for chronically homeless people. Measure H will primarily fund services and shorter term housing to help people get back on their feet—and cover the entire County of Los Angeles. The two initiatives work in cooperation with each other, but focus on different strategies that prevent and end homelessness.
Who will Receive Measure H funding?
90% of individuals and families experiencing homelessness do not live on “Skid Row”. Measure H funds will therefore be allocated equitably across the County.
Measure H will support both non-profit homeless service providers, like LA Family Housing in the San Fernando Valley, Union Station Homeless Services in the San Gabriel Valley, Harbor Interfaith Services in San Pedro, just to name a few—as well as public sector agencies like the L.A. County Department of Mental Health.
Is Measure H Funding Guaranteed to Help People Who are Homeless?
Yes, Measure H is a “special” ¼ cent sales tax, which means it can only be used for the specific purposes of funding homeless services and housing. The Measure specifically lists the strategies that can be funding, and resources can only be allocated to those strategies.
The average consumer would pay a little more than a dollar a month to help prevent and end homelessness in Los Angeles County.
Who Will Monitor the Use of Measure H Funds?
The County will establish a citizens’ advisory committee to ensure that the funding is effectively spent. There will be specific performance standards for each strategy funded through this measure, and an independent evaluation every year by an outside expert.