ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

In order to ensure lasting impact, VCH recognizes the necessity to impact public policy and focus on systemic change.  To that end, we participate in a wide range of advocacy issues aligned with our mission.  Building on our long-established presence in Venice, and commitment to serving the interests of low income people, we are dedicated to increasing awareness of issues surrounding homelessness and to advocating for local, state and federal policies that sustain vibrant and diverse communities.

 Our goals include contributing VCH’s unique voice and experience regarding homelessness and housing to advocacy work aligned with our mission; engaging tenants, students, and other residents in advocacy efforts and effective community organizing partnerships; and increasing voter engagement among low-income and homeless communities in Venice and throughout the westside of Los Angeles.

VCH has an advocacy committee, comprised of Board, staff, tenants, students and other community leaders, focused on developing VCH’s positions and approaches to addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and other progressive policies in Los Angeles and on the Westside.  Our current efforts are focused on preserving affordable housing and protecting tenant rights in Venice, as well as education and engagement around the need to expand affordable and permanent supportive housing in our target neighborhoods and across the City.

For more information regarding our Advocacy efforts and/or to get involved please contact our Director of Policy and Programs:

Angelica Orozco aorozco@vchcorp.org

Get the Facts on Measure H

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 people across Los Angeles County. This includes women and children, veterans, seniors, foster youth, and the disabled. It will also prevent homelessness for 30,000 people.

The average consumer would pay a little more than a dollar a month to help prevent and end homelessness in Los Angeles County.

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. That’s 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 $350 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?

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 cover the entire County of Los Angeles.

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.

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.