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Councilwoman Traci Park Calls for Fair Share of County Homeless Services

Posted on 08/15/2023
Councilwoman Park tours Venice Oceanfront Walk

LOS ANGELES –  Councilwoman Traci Park introduced a key motion to the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday calling for a more equitable distribution of Measure H homeless funds as the measure approaches its expiration and possible renewal by voters.

Approved in March 2017 by a supermajority of Los Angeles County voters, Measure H utilizes a 0.25% sales tax to sponsor homeless prevention and services in the County and is expected to raise approximately $3 billion over its ten year span.

“Los Angeles voters repeatedly have shown their commitment to financial measures that aim to reduce homelessness,” Councilwoman Park said. “But with the mental health and addiction crisis on our streets worse than ever, it's clear we need to reassess how these funds are allocated.”

As Measure H nears its end in 2027, with renewal discussions gaining traction, Councilwoman Park emphasized the need for confidence among Angelenos in distributing and utilizing those funds. “We know from the most recent LAHSA point in time count that the City of Los Angeles shoulders most of the county-wide crisis, and therefore, we need to ensure that the City receives its fair share of these essential resources,” Park said. 

According to Park, County Measure W, passed in 2018, is a potential blueprint. While focusing on water quality, Measure W allocates revenue proportionate to the share generated by each municipality in Los Angeles County. 

Park’s motion also asks the City to work closely with the County to revamp the terms of Measure H’s renewal to ensure equitable allocation of resources and provide greater oversight and accountability by cities in the region. “This is about fairness, transparency, and ensuring that we make the most significant impact possible on this crisis.”

If approved, Park’s motion calls for routine updates to the City Council regarding ongoing negotiations and resource allocation status.