April 8, 2020 Your Source for Brentwood News

UCLA Study Suggests Algorithm Can Prevent Homelessness

Nearly half of instances of homelessness predicted in study

By Sam Catanzaro

Researchers at UCLA recently were able to accurately predict nearly half of instances in which subjects in a study became homeless using predictive analytics and now county lawmakers may use Measure H funds to launch a data-driven homelessness prevention unit.

With data from seven Los Angeles County agencies on services provided to residents between 2012 and 2016 — names and personally identifiable information were omitted — researchers from the California Policy Lab at UCLA and the Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy developed a model to predict which 3,000 residents were most likely to become homeless in 2017. When compared against county records, they found that 46 percent of the individuals predicted by the model to be at risk for first-time homelessness or a repeat period of homelessness did experience homelessness at some point in 2017.

“Bringing together data from multiple county agencies gave us a more nuanced understanding about what’s happening to people right before they slip into homeless and how services can be better targeted to prevent that from happening,” said Till von Wachter, a UCLA economics professor and co-author of the report.  

According to researchers, effectively serving the 1 percent of County residents who are at greatest risk of a new homeless spell would prevent nearly 6,900 homeless spells in one year saying the highest risk individuals are interacting with multiple agencies.

Based on this research, a county led-plan was submitted to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on December 16 that recommends that the county use predictive models to intervene with adults who are identified as having a high risk for homelessness before becoming reaching a crisis point.

The plan, which is expected to receive $3 million in funding during 2020 from Measure H, also proposes a multidisciplinary homelessness prevention unit with representatives of the county’s departments of mental health, health services and social services and the sheriff and probation offices. The unit would take referrals from the risks lists generated by the predictive models, identify which services would be most beneficial and then reach out to individuals to connect them to those services.

In September, a scathing report was released showing the agency tasked with tackling homelessness in Los Angeles County failed to meet many of its goals despite the fact that the number of outreach workers doubled between 2017-2019. Therefore officials are hoping a more data-driven approach will lead to more effective results

“Last year, despite providing housing to tens of thousands of people, we saw more and more individuals and families becoming homeless,” said Phil Ansell, the director of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. “The county is focused on using strategic approaches to preventing homelessness, and these groundbreaking models will make it possible to reach those who need us the most before they reach the crisis point and fall into homelessness.”

Related Posts

Scooter Company Fires Hundreds of Workers of Workers in Single Call

April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

Scooter company lays off over 400 employees in a single video conference By Sam Catanzaro Recently Bird laid off over...

Skip Grocery Store This Week, County Says

April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

“If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping altogether” By Sam Catanzaro...

VA Homeless Shelter Opens

April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

50 beds for homeless veterans By Sam Catanzaro Bridge housing for homeless veterans opened Saturday at the West Los Angeles...

Bus Drivers Test Positive for COVID-19

April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

By Sam Catanzaro Two Big Blue Bus drivers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Santa Monica bus...

Brentwood Farmers Market Back On

April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

New measures in place to prevent spread of COVID-19 By Kerry Slater No samples, no touching! The Brentwood Farmers Market...

Edify TV: The Westside Without Us

April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

In normal times, traffic and crowds are a constant on the Westside but stay at home orders have changed all...

Pic of Crowded Brentwood Farmers Market Leads to Closures

March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020

All City of Los Angeles farmers markets temporarily closed By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is suspending farmers...

‘A Ticking Time Bomb’

March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Barrington Plaza residents claiming negligence in January fire By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles-based trial firm...

Dr. John McGrail on Psychological and Spiritual Effects of Coronavirus

March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020

Self-Improvement Expert Dr. John McGrail shares tips and techniques to help everyone By Staff Writer Self-Improvement Expert Dr. John McGrail...

Edify TV: Westside Farmers Markets During COVID-19

March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020

Many Westside farmers markets remain open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Hear from vendors and patrons in this video...

Brentwood Continues to Have Most COVID-19 Cases as Residents Told to be Prepared for Quarantine

March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020

LA County COVID-19 cases over 1,000 By Sam Catanzaro The director of public health for Los Angeles County is advising...

Westside Recreation Centers Serving as Emergency Homeless Shelters During COVID-19 Crisis

March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020

Garcetti orders 13 city recreation centers to be used to house the homeless COVID-19 outbreak. By Sam Catanzaro Emergency shelters...

Video: Puff Puff, Don’t Pass

March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

“People are buying [it] like they are buying toilet paper.” While the economy has been hit hard by COVID-19, one...

Angelenos Ordered to Stop Sports, Recreation at City Parks

March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020

Los Angeles County COVID-19 count surpasses 400 By Sam Catanzaro Following a weekend that saw a large number of park...

Community Heroes: Delivery Workers

March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

“Everyone is working 12 hours shifts to keep up with demand.” Hear from delivery workers, true community heroes during the...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *