Under the expanded program, 500 homeless families in the Los Angeles Unified School District system will now benefit from Section 8 housing vouchers
December 4, 2019, LOS ANGELES — Mayor Garcetti today announced that 500 homeless families with students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) system will receive Section 8 vouchers — an invaluable resource in the fight to get Angelenos off the streets and into housing.
The Mayor made the announcement alongside LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, as well as leadership from the other partners in the program: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), L.A. Family Housing (LAFH), and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). HACLA has committed to providing 500 vouchers to LAUSD families in need throughout the City of Los Angeles over the next two years.
Following reports that found nearly 25% of the student population at Telfair Elementary was homeless or suffering from housing insecurity, HACLA’s Section 8 Homeless Initiative launched a pilot program that provided vouchers to 50 families in the Northeast San Fernando Valley for rental subsidies. To date, all 50 families have been matched to housing vouchers.
Additionally, the program is providing wraparound services to LAUSD families through L.A. Family Housing — including the delivery of basic needs such as food and clothing.