Los Angeles (LA) County is both home to the largest jail system in the world and has one of the most acute homelessness problems in the United States, with nearly 59,000 people experiencing homelessness. Because of the lack of affordable housing and social services in the community, the LA County jail has seen an increase in the number of individuals with complex clinical needs.
To tackle this, the Department of Health Services’ Office of Diversion and Reentry launched a supportive housing program that provides housing coupled with case management. This report from the RAND Corporation presents early interim findings about this program, in which researchers describe six-month and 12-month housing stability rates of 91 percent and 74 percent, respectively. Of the cohort that had been placed in housing more than a year ago, 14 percent had new felony convictions.