ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE

Black People Experiencing Homelessness (BPEH) Implementation
Steering Committee

The Black People Experiencing Homelessness (BPEH) Implementation Steering Committee is working to develop and implement a comprehensive action plan for advancing a transformative, anti-racist homelessness system that reduces the number of Black people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. 

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors’ July 2020 motion establishing the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative comprises of eight core directives, including developing an action plan to implement the 67 recommendations developed by the Ad-Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness. To accomplish this directive, ARDI has established a Black People Experiencing Homelessness (BPEH) Implementation Steering Committee to advance implementation of recommendations contained in the 2018 Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness over the next ten years. The 2018 Report serves as a groundbreaking effort to address systemic racism through community-driven solutions to mitigate homelessness among Black populations in Los Angeles. The Steering Committee will build on previous initiatives and support the development of a Work Group that will guide, coordinate on, and monitor implementation. The Steering Committee will also align the action plan with complementary efforts in the City of Los Angeles and across the County

The Steering Committee’s core values center the perspectives and leadership of Black people with lived homelessness experience, understanding that “those closest to the problem are closest to the solution.” This work furthers the goals of ARDI’s comprehensive Racial Equity Strategic Plan by eliminating racial disparities in housing and homelessness which serve as  contributing factors for many of the Plan’s priority outcomes.

​​Steering Committee Objectives 

1. Prioritize provisions in the 2018 Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee for immediate, mid-term, and long-term implementation
2. Develop a detailed action plan with metrics and target outcomes to operationalize 2018 Report recommendations over the next ten years
3. Increase coordination and alignment across agencies, County departments, organizations, and systems to implement recommendations with a focus on prevention, culturally relevant approaches, and equitable CES access
4. Monitor progress and evaluate our efforts to assess impact and report on progress annually

Committee Structure

The BPEH Implementation Steering Committee will consist of volunteers representing a cross-section of stakeholders from the County of Los Angeles, LAHSA, City of Los Angeles, service providers, community advocates, and individuals with lived experience. The Los Angeles County Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative will provide backbone support and technical assistance. St. Joseph Center will provide logistical support, including managing stipends for individuals and community-based organizations (CBOs) serving on the Committee.

The Steering Committee will serve as the core leadership group for a broader Black People Experiencing Homelessness Work Group, slated to launch in 2022. The Work Group will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the action plan developed by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will inform the Work Group’s composition, guide the Work Group’s strategy, and support leading issue-specific sub-groups of the Work Group, as needed.

Steering Committee Members:

Member Name Affiliation
Dr. Va Lecia Adams-Kellum St. Joseph Center
Rev. Eddie Anderson LA Voice / McCarty Memorial Christian Church
Dr. Jack Barbour SCHARPCA
Leticia Colchado Los Angeles County, Homeless Initiative
Ronnell Hampton City of Los Angeles
Breanna Hawkins Los Angeles County, ARDI
Janet Kelly Sanctuary of Hope
Veronica Lewis HOPICS
Alisa Orduna Florence Aliese Advancement Network
Courtney Price Los Angeles County, Homeless Initiative
Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza Los Angeles County, ARDI
Suzette Shaw Community advocate
Reba Stevens Community advocate
Alexis Tanner St. Joseph Center
Clifton Trotter LAHSA
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