A series of meetings could determine how $80 million for the homeless in Los Angeles County will be spent this year.

The funds are part of $500 million in emergency block grants authorized by Gov. Jerry Brown in his final budget, signed on June 27. The block grants will go to to cities across the state later this fall. Along with that money, Brown approved $15 million for homeless seniors, $50 million to provide services for mentally ill homeless individuals, and millions more for other targeted programs.

Although one meeting was already held in West Covina on Wednesday, seven more are scheduled for August. For those who are unable to attend, an online survey seeking feedback, along with details of the draft plan will be sent out to the public on Wednesday.

The scheduled meetings are:

  • 9 a.m. Friday in South Los Angeles at the First to Serve/St. Joseph Center, 8525 S. Broadway;
  • 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in West Los Angeles at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd.;
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday in Lancaster at Antelope Valley Partners for Health, 44226 W. 10th St.;
  • 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 in Torrance at Torrance Memorial Medical Hospital, 3330 Lomita Blvd.;
  • 1 p.m. Aug. 22 in North Hollywood at Los Angeles Family Housing, 7843 Lankershim Blvd.;
  • 1 p.m. Aug. 23 in Echo Park at Echo Park United Methodist Church, 1226 N. Alvarado St.; and
  • 9 a.m. Aug. 24 in Paramount at the Council of Government Office, 16401 Paramount Blvd.

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