Los Angeles Voters Care about Ending Homelessness: Proposition HHH and Measure H
In 2016 and 2017, voters in Los Angeles resoundingly approved two new funding sources to combat homelessness. Downtown Women’s Center played a key role in the passage of these historic measures.
What it Funds
City of Los Angeles
A $1.2 billion bond to build 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing over 10 years
Passed November 2016 with 76% approval
Development of physical buildings
Los Angeles County
A quarter-cent sales tax that will invest $355 million over 10 years in homeless services
Passed March 2017 with 69% approval
If Prop HHH is supposed to provide housing, why do I still see so many people living in tents?
Homelessness is a crisis several decades in the making, and for many years, Los Angeles provided a series of short-term fixes, such as increased shelter space and temporary housing without services, instead of investing in long-term solutions, like constructing permanent housing. While investing in shelters and temporary housing may appear to solve the problem by providing people with temporary relief from the streets, the only way to end homelessness once in for all is by investing in permanent, affordable homes
Now that we have made the decision to invest in constructing permanent homes through Prop HHH, our next step is to ensure it is developed as quickly as possible. Los Angeles recently took a major step forward by passing the Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance, which will streamline the approval process for proposed housing developments and save millions of dollars in approval-related costs. Now, it’s up to us to continue advocating for more affordable housing development in our neighborhoods! You can help by contacting your local councilmember and neighborhood representatives to advocate for more affordable housing and permanent supportive housing in your community, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
It’s been awhile since Measure H was approved, but it doesn’t seem like anything has changed. When will it begin making a noticeable difference?
There are a few reasons passing Measure H did not have an immediately noticeable impact. First, although voters approved Measure H in March 2017, the sales tax did not actually take effect until October 2017. Between March and October 2017, LA County officials, advocates, and nonprofit leaders worked together to develop the best possible strategy for rolling out the funds.
Much of Measure H’s funding is still in the pipeline, and is to be used over a decade to improve the systems, programs, and services that prevent and end homelessness. As the funding continues to come in, DWC will strongly advocate for countywide policies that allow this funding to be distributed as quickly and effectively as possible. We’ll also continue to push for Measure H to fund more programs and services that benefit women, such as the year-round transitional housing facility for women that was approved for Measure H funding in October 2017.
Help us continue vital services
Although Prop HHH and Measure H provide crucial funding for housing and services in Los Angeles, they do not include funding for many of DWC’s day-to-day operational costs and Day Center services. We rely on community support to continue providing the programs and services we know are effective in ending homelessness for women. Supporters like you make our work possible!