The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Agoura Hills has awarded $8.5 million in grants to combat homelessness in Los Angeles County.
The foundation's board disclosed Monday that it approved 14 grants totaling $26 million during the third quarter of 2017. In addition to funds for a reproductive health program for New York City foster youth and substance use research at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Hilton Foundation will award $8.5 million over the next three years to the Home for Good initiative of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles in support of the Home for Good initiative,” Peter Laugharn, chief executive of the Hilton Foundation, said in a statement. “The foundation’s investment alone is not enough to bring solutions to scale, and public-private partnerships such as Home for Good will allow the foundation’s investment in our communities to be amplified.”
Home for Good is a program that seeks to curtail chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans. It was launched in Los Angeles in 2010 through the Business Leader’s Task Force on Homelessness, a collaboration between United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and has since expanded its efforts countywide. Its core component is a four-point action plan that includes cooperation between policy-makers and community advocates; a list of best practices for housing the homeless; a “Funders Collaborative” that makes funds from private foundations available to public agencies; and the implementation of the Coordinated Entry System, which coordinates the efforts of all homeless service providers to help individuals find the most appropriate resources for their needs.