Homelessness & Poverty Chair Harris-Dawson & Vice-Chair Huizar announce Meg Barclay will be the point person on Homeless Issues & the City’s Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy
The Los Angeles City Council Homelessness and Poverty Committee (H&P) Chair Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Vice-Chair Councilmember José Huizar, announced today the appointment of Meg Barclay as the City’s Homelessness Coordinator. The position will serve as the primary point-of-contact for homeless issues, and in coordination with the H&P Committee and the Homeless Strategy Committee, is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of the City’s implementation of the Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy (CHS).
“I am excited to welcome Meg Barclay as the City’s Homelessness Coordinator,” said Councilmember Harris-Dawson. “Ms. Barclay brings a deep commitment and passion to homeless and housing issues, as well as more than 10 years of nonprofit, city and federal government experience. I have no doubt that she will hit the ground running and bring the single-minded focus that this issue deserves.”
The City’s Homelessness Coordinator position was created by a 2014 motion authored by Councilmember Huizar and seconded by Mike Bonin (C.F. 14-1101), and as part of the CHS, which was adopted by the City Council in February 2016.
“Given the urgency of addressing homelessness in the City, I am pleased that a full-time coordinator has at long last been appointed,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Our aim was to ensure that now and in the future, the City of Los Angeles has a designated person whose sole function is addressing homelessness day in and day out. We look forward to working with Meg Barclay to coordinate homelessness efforts across the City, including collaboration with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the County of Los Angeles and our non-profit and private-sector partners.
Early in her career, Barclay served as Project Manager for Shelter Partnership, analyzing Los Angeles County’s homeless funding and contributing to the County’s Special Needs Housing Plan.
She later joined the City as a Legislative Analyst, with the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA), staffing the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development.
In 2010, Barclay joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the design, development, and implementation of a new web-based system for the assessment of community needs and strategies for more than $4 billion in federal housing and community development formula grants.
This system is currently being used by 1,200 state and local governments to develop and submit the required Consolidated Plans to HUD. Barclay currently oversees the Market Investments and Innovation unit in the City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department’s Economic Development Division.
The Homelessness Coordinator position is housed in the office of the City Administrative Officer (CAO). Barclay will assume her new role on October 3, 2016.
The City Council, under the leadership of Council President Wesson, created a homelessness ad-hoc committee in April 2015 with Huizar as chair. That committee became a permanent committee in July 2015 and is now Chaired by Harris-Dawson with Huizar as Vice-Chair. The committee called for the implementation of the Homeless Strategy Report, increased funding and coordination to address homelessness, with the support of Mayor Garcetti, and recommended a housing bond be placed on the ballot, among other actions. After receiving affirmation in Council President Wesson’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations & Neighborhoods Committee, which Harris-Dawson and Huizar also serve on, the City Council voted in June to place a $1.2 billion homelessness housing bond on the November ballot to assist those in need.
The appointment of the Homelessness Coordinator is an additional step that demonstrates steady progress on the 64 strategies that comprise the City’s Comprehensive Homeless Strategy.