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Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness



Welcome and Who We Are

On July 27, 2021, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness (BRCH), as part of an ongoing and focused effort to address homelessness. The County is committed to providing housing and services to people experiencing homelessness and recognizes there is opportunity to enhance the governance system.

BRCH is a temporary body made up of twelve positions: five members appointed by the Board, with one member appointed by each Supervisor; one member nominated by the Mayor of Los Angeles; three members nominated by the Los Angeles City Council President; one member nominated by the Contract Cities Association; and two members nominated by the Councils of Government. Each Commission Member shall have one vote. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness held its final meeting on March 30, 2022, where the final report and recommendations were approved and submitted to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Homelessness (BRCH) is to conduct a comprehensive study of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) governance structure by reviewing existing reports and recommendations, identify and analyze the challenges inherent to the existing system, and to provide recommendations to change and improve its efficiency.

BRCH will also research and analyze various homelessness governance reports, study models from across the nation, and provide feedback to the Board regarding the most relevant and effective models with the intention of implementing governance reform to help solve the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County.

BRCH shall provide a report that includes recommendations for a new governance model that is appropriate for Los Angeles County

Governance

"Governance" refers to structures and processes designed to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, stability, equity and inclusiveness, empowerment, and broad-based participation. Governance also represents the norms, values and rules of the game through which public affairs are managed in a manner that is transparent, participatory, inclusive and responsive.

Source: UNESCO, International Bureau of Education