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.

 

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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.

RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

Coordinated Entry System (CES) Regional Lead agencies

The Westside cities effectively address homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. The Coordinated Entry System (CES) for All Populations aligns the Single Adult, Family, and Youth Systems into a seamless, collaborative, county-wide platform for housing and service delivery to homeless households. The main objectives of the system are to:

  • Reduce the length of time a family is homeless and permanently house them as quickly as possible, using Rapid Re-housing and linkages to supportive services.

  • Build upon existing community-based infrastructures to serve homeless families, leverage resources, and provide more targeted and cost-effective interventions.

The WSCCOG covers a portion of two (2) Service Planning Areas (SPA) in the County. which are led by the following CES lead agencies:

SPA 4 – Central Los Angeles

SPA 5 - West Los Angeles

  • Jurisdictions: Beverly Hills, Culver City, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, Westchester

  • Lead Agencies:


Culver City

The City of Culver City coordinates with the Committee on Homelessness, the Housing Division of the Community Development Department to create a Homeless Resource Guide, which is available to all residents and businesses in Culver City. The resource guide provides referral information for Crisis Lines, Food Programs, Homeless Shelters & Services, Legal Services, Medical & Mental Health Programs, and Substance Abuse Programs. 


Santa Monica

The City of Santa Monica has a lot of resources available for individuals, families, and businesses. The following link below provides an overview of some of the most helpful support available related to homelessness, maintaining inclusivity and diversity, and helping everyone learn and thrive.


West Hollywood

The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative provides on-site outreach and services at West Hollywood Library designed for people in the community who are homeless. Outreach is coordinated by representatives from direct service nonprofit organizations. The program is a strategic collaboration of the City of West Hollywood, the County of Los Angeles Public Library, and the City’s contracted social services provider organizations. This is a strategic collaboration between the City, the County Library and the City’s contracted social services providers. Outreach and services are offered Monday through Friday by teams from APLA Health, Ascencia, Friends Community Center, JFS/West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, the LA LGBT Center’s Mental Health and Youth Services Programs, A Safe Refuge, Step Up on Second, and Tarzana Treatment Centers. 

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Beverly Hills

The City of Beverly Hills has engaged the services of a professional outreach team trained in how to approach and assess the needs of homeless individuals. You can help by calling the CLASP team at 310-487-0313 and provide the location and description of the homeless individual. Read more about CLASP in this 1-page overview


Culver City

The Culver City’s Toolkit for Addressing Homelessness contains information that any member of Culver City's community can glean from. Whether a resident, business member or City staff member, this toolkit provides suggestions for aiding homeless persons in our community.

Report a homeless individual that may benefit from services or secure copies of the Homeless Resource Guide by contacting the Culver City Homeless Info Line - (310) 253-6767 


Santa MOnica

The City of Santa Monica developed a toolkit as part of the We Are Santa Monica initiative with the goal of encouraging members of the community from all sectors to join the City in taking action to address our greatest challenges like homelessness to make our community stronger.

The City developed a community-wide training curriculum on homelessness that provides community members with practical tips and strategies for effective and safe interactions with homeless neighbors, and give guidance for how to be involved in local and regional solutions to homelessness.


West Hollywood

The City of West Hollywood developed a resource guide brochure to residents and businesses if they are concerned about a community member who is homeless or if a business is being impacted.