Lahela Mattox is the Local Government Liaison of the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council since August 2018 and the Acting Grant Manager for the Homeless Emergency Aid Program. As the Local Government Liaison, Ms. Mattox is building partnerships with stakeholders statewide, including local government administrators, elected officials, service providers, and educators, to better understand and identify best practices to stop the growth and reduce homelessness in California. Ms. Mattox is also responsible for administering the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), which is a $500 million dollar, one-time block grant program.
Ms. Mattox has more than 20 years of experience in direct services and program management in social services, mental health services, and other related fields, both in Hawaii and California. Most recently, Ms. Mattox was the Chief of the Certification Unit with the Department of Health Care Services, providing oversight to psychiatric facilities, mental health rehabilitation centers, social rehabilitation programs, and other mental health programs in California. She has spent her career working with some of the most vulnerable populations, including transition age youth, foster youth, LGBTQ, and homeless individuals and families. Ms. Mattox is passionate about building partnerships and working collaboratively to build stronger communities.
Ms. Mattox holds a Master of Arts-Counseling degree from Chapman University, Sacramento Campus and a Bachelor of Arts-Psychology degree from Hawaii Pacific University.