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    Barriers to Leasing Emergency Housing Vouchers

    Homelessness Policy Research Institute

    Year: 2023

    Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) were created to assist households impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Its purpose is to provide housing stability to families or individuals at risk of homelessness, unhoused, or fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence. The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles was allotted 3,365 EHVs in 2019, yet in 2022, only half of the vouchers have since resulted in the leasing up of a housing unit. This brief provides an overview of Emergency Housing Vouchers and some barriers to utilizing them. It also compares how housing authorities and FEMA addressed housing displacements from disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey.

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