L.A. County to expand one-stop approach to servicing homeless families

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to expand a network of one-stop centers that coordinate social services for homeless families.

The supervisors agreed to allocate $10.3 million in local, state and federal money to create an integrated system of services for those families. Under the program, eight regional centers throughout the county will manage services for homeless families, rather than requiring them to travel to offices in downtown Los Angeles to get help.

The money will come from combining three existing programs to serve the homeless. County officials said the result will be a more streamlined and coordinated system.

The centers will help manage medical and mental health services, place families in emergency shelters and subsidized housing, and help parents find work and get follow-up services.

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