City-County-Community (C3) program partnership among L.A. City Councilmember Huizar, Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Solis is helping hundreds get the service they need
Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar announced today that the Skid Row City-County-Community (C3) program that he is co-sponsoring with L.A. County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis, is producing promising results in getting homeless individuals off the streets of Skid Row.
Since its initial soft-launch in January, the C3 program has helped 204 people get into interim housing while 172 people are slated to receive permanent housing.
Under the C3 program, which is administrated by Los Angeles County, homeless individuals in the Downtown Los Angeles Skid Row area receive direct services on the streets from medical, mental health, rehabilitation and housing specialists.
Based off of an earlier 2014 program where Huizar reached out to Ridley-Thomas to bring in County service providers in the days before the City’s Operation Healthy Streets cleanups, C3 is made up of a dedicated team of 24 health and service providers from the County’s Department of Mental Health; Health Services; Substance Abuse Prevention & Control; as well as Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and Americorps staff. These workers are out in Skid Row 5 days a week.
“When my office first worked with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas during the City’s Operation Healthy Streets efforts, we saw promise and these housing numbers today on the success of the expanded C3 program are welcome news,” said Councilmember Huizar. “We need to continue to be diligent and keep on the track we are on if we’re going to adequately address homelessness. There is much more work to do and I applaud the C3 team for their valiant efforts so far in assisting our homeless population.”
The teams have divided Skid Row into four quadrants and are doing intensive one-on-one outreach to the approximately 2,000 homeless individuals living in Skid Row without shelter with the goal of reducing homelessness in Skid Row by 25 percent.
Councilmember Huizar secured $200,000 in Council District 14 discretionary funds and L.A. County Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Solis both secured $100,000 each to launch the $3 to $4 million C-3 program that aims to reduce homelessness in Skid Row by 25% in a year. The additional costs are being covered by the County.
With the human rights, health, safety and economic disaster we're experiencing in Skid Row, daily and intensive human-to-human engagement is essential. This is what C3 aims to do. The methodology is simple: 1) Engage 2) Assist 3) House.
Some of the key individuals coordinating the program include Marc Trotz, Director of L.A. County’s Housing for Health; Sara Shortt, C3 Engagement Director, and Libby Boyce, Director of Access, Referral and Engagement at Housing for Health.