Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe said he has directed William Fujioka, the countyís chief executive officer, to develop a comprehensive plan to utilize millions of dollars in homeless prevention funds that could flow to the county as a piece of the federal stimulus package.

Over $12 million will be made available to the county for homeless prevention programs as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. To be eligible, county officials must submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by May 18th on the best use of the funds.

HUD has encouraged local governments to use these funds to support existing homeless prevention activities. Knabe said he asked Fujioka to focus on programs that would complement the countyís current homeless prevention strategies, including focusing on vulnerable and at-risk populations throughout the county.

ìWe need to develop the most effective ways of putting these resources to work in benefiting county residents at highest risk of homelessness, and we need to move quickly,î Knabe said. ìThe plan should be innovative without creating a new bureaucracy and it should be mindful of the one-time nature of these funds.î