City Efforts to Address Homelessness
Homelessness Strategic Plan
The City Council voted unanimously to adopt the plan during the City Council meeting on June 25, 2018. See the press release.
In response to a growing homeless population in Malibu, the City, under the purview of the City Manager and the Public Safety Manager, has increased its measures to address homelessness and its impacts on the community. The City secured a $50,000 grant in October 2017 from Los Angeles County to help fund the development of a Homelessness Strategic Plan. The Draft Goals and Action Plan are available to view online.
The goals of the Homelessness Strategic Plan are to assist homeless individuals in a more effective way, mitigate public health and public safety impacts, and align Malibu’s local efforts with those of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. Since 2016, two dedicated, full-time outreach workers from the non-profit The People Concern have been conducting outreach and offering services to the homeless population in Malibu, funded by The Malibu Task Force on Homelessness with a contribution from the City.
HOMELESSNESS Strategic plan ADVISORY GROUP
In February 2018, the Homelessness Advisory Group was formed to provide input for development of the City's Strategic Plan on Homelessness.
The Advisory Group is comprised of a broad cross-section of community stakeholders, including: City staff; the Sheriff’s Department; the faith community; Malibu Community Assistance Resource Team (CART); The Malibu Task Force on Homelessness; The People Concern and its outreach workers; Standing on Stone (S.O.S.); the local business community; State Parks; Los Angeles County Library; St. Joseph’s Center; a member of the Public Safety Commission; a concerned Malibu resident and business owner; and the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness.
The specific charge of the Homelessness Advisory Group is to:
- Learn about the issues and opportunities to address homelessness in Malibu
- Provide a forum for discussion to offer and consider ideas and solutions
- Provide information and advice, which will be used with information gathered from community outreach and related research in the development of the Malibu Strategic Plan on Homelessness
Homeless Meals Program
A meals program for homeless people in partnership with the City, the County and Community Assistance Resource Team (CART) starts on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the vacant County courthouse next to the Malibu Library. The program will be held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The City and County homeless outreach workers will be on hand, working to get homeless people connected to services and housing. For more details, read the fact sheet about the program.
Homeless Connect Day
Homeless Connect Day events, organized by the County of Los Angeles in cooperation with the City of Malibu, are held at the former Malibu Courthouse (23525 Civic Center Way) to provide services and resources to those in need via volunteer and non-profit organizations.
If you have an immediate safety concern, call 911 or the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station at 310-456-6652.
Homeless encampments are monitored by outreach groups and the Sheriff's Department. Eviction measures are taken when necessary. All outdoor campfires are illegal within the Malibu city limits. If you see a fire, call 911.
In May 2018, the City implemented its Encampment Management Initiative, which will have the Sheriff’s Department clearing encampments on a monthly basis.
Do not attempt to pick up used needles. If found, please call the Los Angeles County Fire Health Unit:
- Between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, call 323-890-4317
- After hours, call 310-881-2455
In early 2018, Southern California experienced a large outbreak of Hepatitis A with a majority of cases in San Diego. Those at the highest risk were primarily in the homeless population or in settings with limited sanitation. As of April 2018, the California Department of Public Health declared the outbreak to have slowed down exponentially, but reported cases continue to be monitored. For more information, read the .
- Donate to local non-profit and outreach organizations providing support for the homeless population
- Volunteer at local shelters and food pantries
- Volunteer for the next Homeless Count (TheyCountWillYou.org)
The results of the 2018 Homeless Count were released in June 2018, and Malibu shows a 14% reduction in the number of homeless since the 2017 count. Homeless Count results for Malibu:
To become a volunteer in the next Homeless Count, visit TheyCountWillYou.org.