header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail


Today in
S.C.V. History
October 4
1900 - Pico oil driller Alex Mentry (as in Mentryville) succumbs to typhoid fever at California Hospital in Los Angeles [story]
Alex Mentry

Los Angeles County has launched Pathway Home, a major expansion of its efforts to resolve encampments, with a successful operation in unincorporated Lennox that helped 59 people move inside.

The Pathway Home encampment resolution program, which includes recreational vehicles or RVs, is just one component of the ongoing, multi-pronged response to the homelessness crisis launched under the emergency declared by the Board of Supervisors in January.

The program, which will roll out in other communities of L.A. County in the months ahead, will partner closely with local jurisdictions.

The first Pathway Home encampment resolution, in unincorporated Lennox, took place from Aug. 9 to 11 and was conducted in collaboration with the Office of Supervisor Holly Mitchell along with officials serving Lennox and the cities of Inglewood and Hawthorne.

This operation focused on a cluster of longstanding encampments, including one dubbed “The Dead End”, beside or beneath the 405 Freeway, near Los Angeles International Airport. In all, 59 people were supported to come indoors, 50 of whom chose to move into a hotel administered through Pathway Home, while nine others entered other forms of interim housing. Pathway Home also supported housing 26 pets, the removal of seven RVs, and the cleanup and removal of tents, trash and other items from the site.

The launch of Pathway Home comes as the County is also partnering closely and successfully with the city of Los Angeles on its own encampment resolution program, Inside Safe.

“Pathway Home is part of an urgent mobilization that reflects an all-hands-on deck approach to scale up and fast-track proven solutions to reduce unsheltered homelessness,” said Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Director Cheri Todoroff, whose team within the Chief Executive Office coordinated the operation.

Supervisors lauded the launch of Pathway Home, which will help people living on the streets come indoors by offering them a more diverse array of immediate options for interim housing along with a comprehensive suite of wraparound services, with the goal of helping them achieve stability and ultimately move into permanent housing.

“The homelessness crisis requires an urgent and singular focus on getting every person, regardless of how they are living on the streets, connected to long-term housing and the supportive services they need to stay housed. I am proud that the County’s RV Encampment Pilot is one of the key components of Pathway Home. This is critical for our unincorporated communities that remain heavily impacted by vehicular homelessness,” said Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, 2nd District. “By centralizing the County’s homelessness outreach and solutions under one umbrella so key partners across County departments and city jurisdictions are working together with the power of the emergency order, Pathway Home can help us significantly address this crisis.”

“Los Angeles County is once again demonstrating its steadfast commitment to addressing the crisis on our streets,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, 1st District. “With Pathway Home, we’re using every tool at our disposal, including emergency powers and Measure H funding, to resolve homeless encampments by offering better alternatives. These include a hotel room they can immediately stay in, supportive services to help them get back on their feet, and rental subsidies to help them afford an apartment of their own. Our local cities and unincorporated communities are crucial to this effort, and I thank them for their partnership.”

“Our declaration of a state of emergency regarding homelessness allows us to move faster and cut through red tape to bring services and shelter to our unhoused neighbors,” said Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath, 3rd District. “Pathway Home expands on the County’s work to provide coordinated care, including mental health and substance use supports, for unincorporated communities and smaller cities. We are focused on delivering the full breadth of intensive services available in the County, made possible through Measure H, to unhoused residents so that they can heal and transform their lives.”

“This new strategy needs to build on what we have learned from both Project Roomkey and Inside Safe so that we can more effectively address encampments in neighborhoods across the County outside of the city of Los Angeles,” said Board Chair and Supervisor Janice Hahn, 4th District. “Many encampments have become tight-knit communities and we are going to have a better chance at convincing people to come inside if we can bring entire encampments inside together.”

“One of Pathway Home’s biggest strengths is its ability to harness the power of multiple entities so that they work in unison,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District. “Helping individuals who are homeless requires careful planning and a wide array of supportive services along with housing options. I’m glad to see that those components are all part of Pathway Home’s program design. Helping our homeless living on our streets isn’t easy. It takes persistence and consistency. As I’ve said all along, the best approaches apply collaborative and coordinated efforts. Pathway Home will be an example of this.”

In addition to the Office of Supervisor Mitchell, unincorporated Lennox, and the Cities of Inglewood and Hawthorne, the County’s partners in the first Pathway Home encampment resolution included the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; the County Departments of Health Services, Mental Health, Public Works, Sheriff, and Animal Care and Control; the nonprofit providers Catholic Charities, St. Margaret’s Center, Mental Health America LA, Harbor Interfaith, St. Joseph Center, and PATH; and the California Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol.

Additional Background on Pathway Home

Pathway Home begins with outreach teams developing trusting relationships with people at an encampment, helping them get treatment for immediate medical needs, and offering them immediate and diverse options for interim housing, including at partner hotels.

Once at interim housing, participants receive supportive services such as on-site case management and connections to physical and mental healthcare, substance use disorder treatment, benefits enrollment, life skills development, and more.

To facilitate their transition to permanent housing, the County will connect them with housing navigation to help them throughout the lease-up process, and time-limited subsidies for individuals whose income is insufficient to cover the rent. They can continue to receive supportive services when permanently housed in their own apartment.

After declaring a state of emergency on homelessness in January 2023, the Board of Supervisors authorized efforts to streamline hiring, contracting, purchasing, grants, and real estate processes. This has, and continues to, enable the County to expand, enhance and expedite elements of its homeless services system, giving rise to Pathway Home. Partnerships with local jurisdictions further grow capacity and bring in valuable additional resources.

Pathway Home has also been made possible by Measure H, a voter-approved .25-cent sales tax that has enabled the County’s homeless services system to grow exponentially over the last six years. Since Measure H passed in 2017, the County has housed 90,500 people, about the population of Santa Monica, sheltered 124,000 people and prevented 22,000 people from becoming homeless.

Previous multi-jurisdictional emergency housing efforts, such as Project Roomkey during the COVID-19 pandemic, have informed the County’s encampment resolution protocols. Over the first phase of the emergency declaration, the County has partnered with the city of Los Angeles on 24 Inside Safe encampment resolutions to date, and now will partner with other cities and unincorporated communities through Pathway Home.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. William Dick says:

    This an honorable Mission, however it missed the core Issue. 80+% of the homeless are Drug Addicted, not just hard working people down on their luck. Homeless expansion started when marijuana was legalied and law enforcement told to back off from all Drug arrest. Drug legalization needs to be repealed and special holding facilities built to house offenders while rehabilitation is attempted.

Leave a Comment

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger that will launch a countywide effort to promote and support the arts sector which has been notably struggling to recover since COVID-19 restrictions drove down attendance and associated revenues.
Friday, Sep 29, 2023
The Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District has reported the first case of West Nile Virus in the Santa Clarita Valley this season. Transmitted through mosquito bites, West Nile Virus is a health concern for people and animals.
Friday, Sep 29, 2023
Los Angeles County will launch the first of two community relief programs for households that have been impacted by odors stemming from the Chiquita Canyon Landfill on Monday, Oct. 2.
Thursday, Sep 28, 2023
The Metro Board of Directors approved schedule changes, public safety resources and additional trains to the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line (AVL) Thursday.
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2023
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath that will examine how the County can support the film production industry and keep it anchored in the region.

Keep Up With Our Facebook
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1900 - Pico oil driller Alex Mentry (as in Mentryville) succumbs to typhoid fever at California Hospital in Los Angeles [story]
Alex Mentry
Yeah, Dracula's having a party. A little romance, mayhem, teen issues and naturally a dead body. A typical Halloween party with all the ghouls and gals. "Monster Mash" presented by ME Main Productions will run onstage at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall weekends Oct. 13 through Oct. 22.
Oct. 13-22: ‘Monster Mash’ at The Main
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger that will launch a countywide effort to promote and support the arts sector which has been notably struggling to recover since COVID-19 restrictions drove down attendance and associated revenues.
Barger Urges Support of Cultural Venues to Boost Arts Economy
College of the Canyons finished first at a conference event for the fourth time this season to remain at the top of the Western State Conference standings after its round at Antelope Valley Country Club on Monday, Oct. 2.
Canyons Continues to Lead WSC Standings
The wait is almost over! The city of Santa Clarita invites the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Central Park Buildout Project. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.
Oct. 17: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Central Park Buildout Project
The Santa Clarita Artists Association’s Sixth Street Gallery will showcase "Picture Perfect," an art exhibit opening Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Oct. 19: ‘Picture Perfect’ Art Exhibit at SCAA Sixth Street Gallery
The SCV Pride Committee, headed by Queer SCV since 2019 and formed of representative members from the local community and organizations such as: Queer SCV, PFLAG SCV and SCV LGBTQ Center, will be celebrating LGBTQ History Month this year by hosting SCV Pride Picnic 2023.
Oct. 15: SCV Pride Picnic 2023 at Rioux Park
The city of Santa Clarita has announced an art exhibition titled “Season of Discovery,” featuring an impressive array of artwork created by the Santa Clarita Artists Association members. The exhibition will be on display at the Old Town Newhall Library Branch, 24500 Main St., Santa Clarita, CA 91321, through Dec. 29. A reception is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Old Town Newhall Library Hosts ‘Season of Discovery’ Art Exhibit
PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, has announced the 2023 class for the PGA WORKS Fellowship. Valencia native Matt Rogers has been selected to join the 2023 class.
Valencia Native Matt Rogers Hired for Prestigious PGA WORKS Fellowship
California State Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo has announced her bill, Community Water Protection (AB163), in which California State Senator Scott Wilk was a principal co-author, has helped advance a critical priority for the Santa Clarita Valley: allowing for public comment on the more than 30 year old CEMEX mine project.
State Water Board Will Allow Public Comment on CEMEX Mine Project
Have you had a chance to check out the city’s newly redesigned website, now easily accessible at SantaClarita.gov? This transformation is more than just a visual upgrade; it embodies our commitment to transparency, community engagement and exceptional customer service.
Ken Striplin | Monthly Message From the City Manager
The use of a third 60-foot flare was approved by the South Coast Air Quality Management District late last week as a way of further mitigating the strong odors coming from Chiquita Canyon Landfill.
Third Flare Added to Decrease Chiquita Canyon Landfill Odors
1918 - Box-office superstar William S. Hart promotes 4th series of Liberty Loan (World War I) bonds, which went on sale Sept. 28 [story]
William S. Hart
As our community continues to grow, so must our public transportation infrastructure.
Ken Striplin | Vista Canyon Opening
For the second match in a row, The Master's University women's volleyball team lost the first two sets and could not recover as they fell in four to the Jessup Warriors Saturday in Rocklin, Calif.
TMU Drops Second Straight Road Game
The Master's University men's swim team defeated NCAA Division II Concordia-Irvine Saturday 130-125 at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference (PCSC) Relay Invitational held in Irvine.
TMU Swims Its Way Into Program History
I am thrilled to welcome you to our latest newsletter as your chapter president, and I couldn't be prouder of all that our dynamic and dedicated members have achieved in recent months
Cindy Curtis | September Recap
Princess Cruises, renowned for its commitment to culinary excellence and world-class hospitality, has embarked on a new culinary journey to meet the evolving tastes and dietary needs of its guests.
Vegan Dining Experience Comes to Princess Cruises
Though a danger advisory was issued for Castaic Lake by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Sept. 26, drinking water for all SCV Water customers remains safe and meets high standards for quality.
DWR: SCV Drinking Water Remains Safe Despite Advisory
ARTree Community Arts Center announced its Founders Scholarship recipients Emma Castro, 8, and Sofia Franco-Garcia, 15.
ARTree Announces Founders Scholarship Recipients
College of the Canyons won its third straight game to the delight of a lively Homecoming crowd at Cougar Stadium on Saturday night, riding a 20-point output in the third quarter to seize a 29-7 conference victory over Antelope Valley College. 
Cougars Celebrate 29-7 Homecoming Victory Over AVC
The city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office released the three productions currently filming in the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Monday, Oct. 2 - Sunday, Oct. 8.
Cesar Millan Among Three Productions Filming in Santa Clarita
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sunday the selection of Laphonza Butler — the President of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to electing women, EMILY’s List — to complete the United States Senate term of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein, which runs through 2024.
Newsom Appoints Controversial Replacement for Feinstein Seat
One of the many things that make the city of Santa Clarita such an amazing place to live, work and play, is a calendar full of world-class events.
Jason Gibbs | 2023 State of the City Extravaganza
%d bloggers like this: