To address the issue of homelessness in Malibu, the City has maintained a proactive, service driven approach that strategically bridges outreach and enforcement while considering its impacts on the community. Some of those measures include the development of a strategic plan, increased collaboration with stakeholders throughout Los Angeles County, establishing a Homelessness Task Force, securing interim shelter bed opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in Malibu, and the formation of a working group to strengthen cooperation between the various agencies and organizations providing assistance within the community. 

The City currently provides funding for an Outreach Team and a Housing Navigator who work with landlords and shelter facilities throughout Los Angeles County to help people experiencing homelessness get off the streets and into housing. City staff conduct routine field checks to prevent the formation of new encampments, address public safety concerns related to homeless encampments in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and properly assist those who are experiencing homelessness in the City. 

virtual Homelessness Community meeting

The City of Malibu’s Public Safety Department hosted a virtual community meeting to discuss homelessness on March 14, 2023 where community members asked questions, shared concerns, and heard updates from the City’s Homeless Outreach Team from The People Concern, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments Outreach Coordinator, and City staff. 

2023 greater los angeles homeless count

On the morning of January 25, 2023, the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count took place in Malibu with over 20 volunteers gathering at Malibu City Hall to participate in the count. Among the volunteers were members of the City’s Homeless Outreach Team, Homelessness Task Force, Public Safety Commission, and City staff. Volunteers were assigned to a group that covered a particular census-designated area within the city limits in order to look for individuals, families, cars, RVs, tents, and makeshift shelters. Each volunteer group recorded their findings in the Homeless Count app, as well as a physical tally sheet provided to them with a map of their coverage area. After completing their census tract, volunteers returned to City Hall and submitted their findings. The Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) will release the official numbers in Summer 2023. 

The 2022 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count found that there were 81 people experiencing homelessness in Malibu, or about four individuals per square mile, a significant decrease from 2021 and 2020. 

For further information, contact Public Safety Liaison Luis Flores at 310-456-2489, ext. 236 or lflores@malibucity.org.

HOMELESS encampments

To report an encampment and for information about current encampment clean-up efforts, contact Public Safety Liaison Luis Flores at 310-456-2489, ext. 236 or lflores@malibucity.org.

How You can help

  • Volunteer and donate to local non-profit and outreach organizations providing support to people experiencing homelessness in the City
  • Volunteer for the next Homeless Count (TheyCountWillYou.org)
  • If you observe someone who may need assistance, contact Public Safety Liaison Luis Flores directly at 310-456-2489, ext. 236 or email lflores@malibucity.org.
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