Los Angeles County Launches 'Just In Reach' a Pay for Success Project aimed at Reducing Jail Recidivism and ending Homelessness
This innovative public-private partnership uses a “Pay for Success” financing model to maximize public resources and ensure positive outcomes for individuals in Los Angeles County.
People struggling with homelessness and mental illness often find themselves in a recurring cycle of criminal justice and emergency health care systems, rather than connected to the permanent solution of housing. This vicious cycle is costly and leads to poor health outcomes. Residents of Los Angeles (LA) County are no exception: “Nearly 60,000 people currently experience homelessness in LA County on any given night,” said Judge Peter Espinoza, Director of DHS’s Office of Diversion and Reentry.
To address this challenge, Los Angeles County launched Just in Reach (JIR) in 2017, a health-based housing program that is working to reduce jail recidivism and help end homelessness among people experiencing repeat jail stays. Over four years, JIR is placing 300 homeless individuals who are currently in custody within the county jail and who have a mental health and/or substance-use disorder into permanent supportive housing.
“For individuals cycling through our criminal justice system, overcoming homelessness can be deeply challenging and short-term fixes aren’t enough. Just in Reach is a huge step toward reducing reincarceration by connecting people to permanent, stable homes,” Judge Espinoza said