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Employment Among LA County Residents Experiencing Homelessness

The California Policy Lab found that a majority (74%) of people who enrolled to receive homeless services in Los Angeles between 2010 and 2018 had worked in California before enrolling for services. Over one third (37%) worked in the two years prior to receiving homeless services, and about one in five (19%) of individuals were working in the same calendar quarter that they enrolled to receive services. This report provides an in-depth analysis of employment dynamics for people before, during, and after homelessness.

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Evaluation of Los Angeles County Measure H-Funded Homelessness Prevention Strategies

The California Policy Lab completed an evaluation of Los Angeles Homelessness Prevention Strategies A1 (focused on families) and A5 (focused on single adults and transition-aged youth) in December 2019, and this policy brief is a shorter version of that evaluation. The evaluation focused on who was being served and how; if there were ways to improve the services; and whether prevention programs are reducing inflows to homelessness. Key research findings focused on what type of prevention services were offered, differences in homelessness return rates, and also included recommendations to make the Prevention Targeting Tool (used to determine eligibility for prevention services) more accurate and efficient. The evaluation focused on the time period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

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Track the Recovery

How has COVID-19 affected our economy and what policies will foster a recovery for all Americans? Government surveys of households and businesses show that COVID-19 reduced GDP and increased unemployment sharply. These sources, while critical for measuring the scope of the crisis, are more limited in their capacity to inform policy decisions. In particular, national surveys are neither frequent nor large enough to reveal how the crisis has affected specific areas or subgroups. In response to this challenge, we created the Opportunity Insights Economic Tracker, a freely available interactive website that measures economic activity at a granular level in real time. The tracker is built using anonymized data from several private companies, such as credit card processors and payroll firms. From this data, we construct statistics on consumer spending, employment rates, and other indicators by county, industry, and (pre-crisis) income level. These new statistics allow us to study how COVID-19 has affected the economy with unprecedented precision.

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County Health Rankings -- 2020 California Report

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) lifts up actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories for communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, CHR&R illustrates what we currently know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making them sick and shows what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. CHR&R brings actionable data and strategies to communities working to ensure that healthy places are available to all. This report highlights how health outcomes and health factors differ by place within your state AND illustrates how health differs among racial/ethnic groups within places.

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Legatum Prosperity Index

The Legatum Institute’s United States Prosperity Index provides a comprehensive picture of prosperity for the 50 states of the Union and Washington D.C., as well as the 829 counties of eight selected states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis in Los Angeles: Identifying Renter-Vulnerable Neighborhoods

Los Angeles County has nearly two-thirds of a million residents living in low-income renter households that are one paycheck away from being unable to cover their monthly housing cost. The workers in these households are at high risk of losing their jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis, placing them and their family in imminent danger of homelessness. Local governments have stepped in by passing ordinances that allow affected renters to defer payments without the risk of eviction during the health emergency. However, there is a daunting problem of effectively implementing the policies because of numerous barriers facing the most vulnerable populations. This study provides information to public agencies and community organizations to help them better identify neighborhoods with a high concentration of vulnerable renters, to understand the neighborhoods’ socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, and to design outreach programs that address the specific challenges in each place.

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