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.
The City of Beverly Hills’ homelessness strategy included the following efforts over the years:
In November 2011, City Council passed a resolution in support of United Way's Home for Good initiative and plan to end chronic homelessness.
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.
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.
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 Homelessness Plan (2018) include the following goals and actions:
Increase bridge housing
Expand homelessness prevention programming;
Increase access to affordable housing
Enhance data tracking and homeless activities
Expand community education and awareness
Increase workforce training and job opportunities
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 Homeless Strategic Goals Action Plan (2017) include the following goals:
Coordinated outreach operations with City staff, partners and service providers in public spaces with a high volume of homeless quality of life issues
Deploy new technologies to improve information sharing and coordination of care
Assess the effectiveness of the Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team
Develop a more proportional distribution of regional housing and services
Pilot “Office Hours” model with the People Concern Outreach Specialist for homeless individuals
Pilot Wellness programs/pop-up events with Human Services Dept. and service providers
Community engagement, education, behavior change, partnerships, and action
Assess the effectiveness of services to support formerly homeless in the COC program
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 Homelessness Plan (2018) include the following goals and actions:
Ensure public safety
Support businesses and residents in responding appropriately and safely
Establish bridge housing and support services to serve homeless individuals
Continue the city’s support for rapid rehousing
Increase supportive housing, special needs housing, and permanent housing
Strengthen partnerships with other cities and organizations
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.