LA Proposes Dedicating $600M To Improve Social Services For Vulnerable Residents
The chunk of money will go toward reducing and preventing homelessness, hiring new social workers, improving foster care, treating the county’s sickest patients and diverting individuals with mental illness from jail.
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L.A. County Seeks To Strengthen The Safety Net For Its Neediest Residents With Funding For The Homeless, Social Workers And Healthcare
Los Angeles County pressed forward with an effort to strengthen the safety net for its most vulnerable residents Monday with a budget plan that carves out significant allotments for social services, healthcare and other support for the poor. The proposed budget is a slight increase from last year, and officials said they are trying to channel some of that money toward helping those who rely on county government for critical services. (Agrawal, 4/17)
Amidst Uncertainty, LA County Plans How To Spend $30 Billion
Los Angeles County, facing cuts in federal and state funds, will focus on beefing up social services like child welfare and mental health care in the coming year, as well as investing in infrastructure like a new county jail. L.A. County Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai released a preliminary spending plan for the county's $30 billion budget Monday. (Palta, 4/17)