LANCASTER – Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has allocated $2.3 million from her discretionary funds to increase homeless outreach services in the Fifth Supervisorial District, which includes the Antelope Valley.
Barger said the services will be provided by the Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) and Homeless Engagement Team (HET) professionals who specialize in engaging people experiencing homelessness.
“I’ve heard loud and clear from my constituents that more needs to be done to address homelessness in their communities,” Barger said. “These funds will procure the services of additional deputies and outreach professionals who know how to compassionately engage people experiencing homelessness. Their model and approach works.”
With this funding, four new outreach teams will offer services exclusively in the Fifth Supervisorial District, with a special focus on the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, portions of the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley. A fourth team will rove between these regions, lending additional support wherever it is needed.
The outreach efforts will be performed by professionals trained in crisis stabilization and intervention who will proactively seek people experiencing homelessness, build relationships, and work to connect them to services and housing.
[Information via news release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.]