HOMELESSNESS

The Westside cities are committed to working with the local community, neighboring cities, public agencies, and regional bodies to develop strategies that equitably distribute homeless housing and services across the region. Individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or have other housing-related needs, or the service providers who work with them: Call or contact 211 LA 24/7 for assistance finding homeless services.

 

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Homeless Action Plans and strategies

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WESTSIDE HOMELESS COUNT

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, the point-in-time homeless population in Los Angeles County (County) was 53,195—a decrease of 3% from 2017. The figure below shows the homeless count (including sheltered and unsheltered population) in the Westside subregion in 2017 and 2018. Overall, the homeless population in the Westside decreased by 8 percent between 2017 and 2018. For more detailed information on the homeless count for each jurisdiction, visit www.lahsa.org/dashboards?id=13-count-by-city-community&ref=hc.

 
 

Every year, LAHSA conducts a census of the homeless population through the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The Count helps us better understand homelessness in our region and direct resources where they are needed most. To volunteer and register for the next homeless count, visit www.theycountwillyou.org.


HOMELESS ACTION PLANS AND STRATEGIES

Cities have played a vital role in addressing homelessness since the inception of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. The Westside cities are committed to working with the local community, neighboring cities, public agencies, and regional bodies to develop strategies that equitably distribute homeless housing and services across the region. In doing so, the cities have developed strategy and action plans to address homelessness.

Additionally, the County Homeless Initiative and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Home for Good Funders Collaborative granted Phase 1 funding to cities, including the Cities of Culver City, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood to develop Homelessness Plans. These plans serve as a road map for the city’s participation in preventing and combating homelessness over the course of three (3) years (2018 – 2021). Refer to the section below for more information on the goals and actions to address homelessness within each jurisdiction.


Beverly Hills

The City of Beverly Hills’ homelessness strategy included the following efforts over the years:

  1. In November 2011, City Council passed a resolution in support of United Way's Home for Good initiative and plan to end chronic homelessness.

  2. The City engage the services of a professional outreach team Changing Lives and Sharing Places (CLASP): trained in how to approach and assess the needs of homeless individuals. 

  3. The Beverly Hills Homeless Collaboration (BHHC) team meets the second Tuesday of every month to assist homeless individuals in Beverly Hills. The team is made up of the Human Services Division, CLASP, city representatives including: attorney's office, parking, police, fire.

  4. The City passed a resolution to create a parking forgiveness program for individuals and families who are homeless, formerly homeless, or at-risk of homelessness.


Culver City

Culver City Homelessness Plan (2018) include the following goals and actions:

  1. Increase bridge housing

  2. Expand homelessness prevention programming;

  3. Increase access to affordable housing

  4. Enhance data tracking and homeless activities

  5. Expand community education and awareness

  6. Increase workforce training and job opportunities

  7. Enhance regional coordination.

The City also established the Culver City Committee on Homelessness, which advises the City Council and staff on strategies to address homelessness. The Committee meets the last Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. 


SANTA MONICA

Santa Monica Homeless Strategic Goals Action Plan (2017) include the following goals:

  1. Coordinated outreach operations with City staff, partners and service providers in public spaces with a high volume of homeless quality of life issues

  2. Deploy new technologies to improve information sharing and coordination of care

  3. Assess the effectiveness of the Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team

  4. Develop a more proportional distribution of regional housing and services

  5. Pilot “Office Hours” model with the People Concern Outreach Specialist for homeless individuals

  6. Pilot Wellness programs/pop-up events with Human Services Dept. and service providers

  7. Community engagement, education, behavior change, partnerships, and action

  8. Assess the effectiveness of services to support formerly homeless in the COC program

  9. Financial Assistance and services resources to promote housing stability and support low-income seniors to remain in the community

The City also established the Santa Monica Homelessness Steering Committee, which includes is a diverse set of stakeholders—social service providers, businesses, nonprofits, healthcare providers, residents and community leaders—who are actively responding to homelessness in the city.


WEST HOLLYWOOD

West Hollywood Homelessness Plan (2018) include the following goals and actions:

  1. Ensure public safety

  2. Support businesses and residents in responding appropriately and safely

  3. Establish bridge housing and support services to serve homeless individuals

  4. Continue the city’s support for rapid rehousing

  5. Increase supportive housing, special needs housing, and permanent housing

  6. Strengthen partnerships with other cities and organizations

  7. Prevent homelessness, especially seniors and disabled individuals.

The City also established the West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative, which includes health and human services specialists, mental health clinicians, substance abuse providers, and law enforcement.

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BECOME A PART OF THE SOLUTION

1.) mAKE AN OUTREACH REQUEST

L.A. County Homeless Outreach Portal (LA-HOP) is designed to assist people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County with outreach services. This is a new tool to help provide services to vulnerable residents living on the street and it makes it easier and more efficient for the public to request help and have it dispatched to connect homeless persons with outreach workers. LA-HOP is designed to advance efforts to help people move from homelessness to housing by activating the general public to become part of the solution. To make a request, visit https://www.lahsa.org/portal/apps/la-hop/request.

 
 
 

2.) interact with people experiencing homelessness USING THE dEEPER STRATEGY

The DEEPeR strategy (Determine Situation, Effective Engagement, Problem Solving, and Resolution) provides a set of tools that empower community members to have safer, more effective interactions with people experiencing homelessness. The DEEPeR Overview video below introduces this strategy, which can be applied to any encounter with someone you do not know.

 

3.) Get Involved with Everyone In Campaign

Our Westside cities have adopted resolutions to declare their support to United Way Greater LA’s Everyone In campaign. Get involved by participating in various ways: information fair, training, phone bank, canvassing, house party, civic action, housing tour, and community meetings. Visit here to join now: https://everyoneinla.org/get-involved/

 
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