Social Services and Welfare

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  • A tent used by a homeless person in downtown Los Angeles, March 12, 2017

    Essay

    Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness—and Lowers Health Care Costs by Millions

    Jun 27, 2018

    Los Angeles County has moved some of its most chronically homeless and vulnerable residents into permanent housing. Providing them with social services and health care has dramatically reduced their use of emergency rooms and other services, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

  • Eric Holmes, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Essay

    A Novel Approach to Helping People Returning from Prison

    Oct 30, 2019

    Many services try to address the needs of individuals returning from prison, but they're often designed without much input from the very people who need the services. A group of county agencies, service providers, and former prisoners collaborated to identify ways to improve reentry services in Los Angeles.

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