The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced grants totaling $13 million as part of an initiative launched by the Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles within five years.
The grants include $9 million to the Corporation for Supportive Housing for the creation of 2,500 permanent housing units; $600,000 to Common Ground to identify and house 4,500 people living on the street or in shelters; and $750,000 each to Mental Health America in Long Beach, the St. Joseph Center in Venice, Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles, and Step Up on Second in Hollywood for local efforts to move people from the streets into permanent housing.
The foundation also announced a grant of $330,000 to the Downtown Women's Center to implement Critical Time Intervention, a program that will work to transition eighty chronically homeless women into permanent housing; and $200,000 to PATH Partners to engage faith leaders in Los Angeles County on the problem of homelessness.
"This campaign is a great step forward to eradicating long term homelessness in our home town," said Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation, "and we are proud to participate as a funder and advocate and to encourage others to join us. Making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people is our core mission and there could be no greater way to fulfill this mandate than to help our neighbors find homes, medical and other services and, most of all, hope."