28 Dec Barger motion requires LAHSA to submit comprehensive financial reports for transparency and accountability
Supervisor’s Office Also Provides Full Gap Funding To Bridge To Home For Year-Round Shelter
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – A motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directs the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to submit comprehensive quarterly financial reports to the Board of Supervisors that detail expenditures to date and provide funding availability, including the amount of funds available in each strategy funded by Measure H. The motion also calls for increased transparency by requiring advance notice of any significant developments and fiscal shifts impacting service contracts, such as the potential cancellation of a Request for Proposals (RFP).
The motion is prompted by LAHSA’s recent closure of a September RFP process for interim housing funding, which left six service providers across the county without funding, including Bridge to Home. The service providers were not notified of this closure until December and no notification was provided to the Board of Supervisors.
“My motion intends to ensure that LAHSA operates with greater accountability and transparency moving forward. In the interim, I am pleased to immediately provide the full gap funding necessary to ensure that Bridge to Home can deliver year-round shelter and supportive services for our Santa Clarita Valley community,” Supervisor Barger said. “I want to thank the City of Santa Clarita and Bridge to Home for their continued partnership in our collective efforts to combat homelessness.”
“We appreciate Supervisor Barger’s effort to close this gap and look forward to meeting our goal of providing full service programs to individuals experiencing homelessness all year round,” said Mike Foley, Executive Director of Bridge to Home.
The motion will be heard at the Board’s next meeting on January 8th.
Established in 1993, LAHSA is a Joint Powers Authority between the County and City of Los Angeles.