Leader of L.A.’s Top Homeless Agency Steps Down as Homelessness Increases 33% in 5-Year Tenure

Peter Lynn has led LAHSA for five years. (Credit: Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

Peter Lynn has led LAHSA for five years. (Credit: Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

In a major change for the team tasked with addressing rising homelessness in the region, Peter Lynn announced Monday that he is stepping down as head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Chief Program Officer Heidi Marston will fill in as interim director during a national search for a replacement when Lynn officially leaves at the end of this month.

“Boy, these have felt like some long five years,” he said in an interview last week. “I mean I have really enjoyed this, this role and this gig and I have also felt quite a lot of wear and tear from it.”

Lynn has long been the face of bad news on the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. As executive director of the city-county agency that conducts the count of those without permanent shelter, he presented the results to elected officials and the public each year, using colorful charts of the number housed and in shelters, alongside charts of the number living on the streets.

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