In response to a growing homeless population in Malibu, the City has increased its measures to address homelessness and its impacts on the community. Some of those measures include development of a strategic plan, increased participation in events to aid the homeless, and the formation of a working group to strengthen cooperation between the various agencies and organizations providing assistance within the community.
Homelessness Strategic Plan
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 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 for the first two years by The Malibu Task Force on Homelessness with a contribution from the City. The program was fully funded by the City as of July 2018.
The Homelessness Strategic Plan was presented for review and comment at a community meeting on May 24, 2018. The Plan was unanimously adopted by the City Council at its Regular meeting on June 25, 2018.
Malibu Awarded Grant to Increase Housing Navigation Services for Homeless
Following a competitive application process, the City of Malibu was awarded $76,660 in January 2019 from the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative to fund a pilot project expanding homeless services in Malibu. Specifically, grant funds will be used to fund a Housing Navigator position for 18 months. In coordination with the Malibu Homeless Outreach Team, the Housing Navigator will provide individualized support to people experiencing homelessness by helping each client develop a plan to address their barriers to housing, increase their income, and maintain and sustain permanent housing. Housing Navigators also spend time building relationships with landlords and educating them regarding the housing voucher program, which is crucial to increasing available housing opportunities for those experiencing homelessness. Because the housing process is time sensitive, having a knowledgeable individual who can work quickly and effectively is critical to housing more of our homeless neighbors.
If you have an immediate safety concern, call 911 or the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station at 310-456-6652.
Camping in the brush poses a wildfire threat to our community. If you see a campfire in the brush, always call 911 immediately.
Encampments on private property should be reported to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 818-878-1808. If you’re reporting an encampment on someone else’s property, the Sheriff’s Department can identify the property owner, check for a Letter of Agency on file, and/or contact the property owner to see if they want them removed.
Encampments on public property can also be removed. However, specific protocols must be followed by both the pertinent municipality and law enforcement, and sometimes this process can take up to two months. Before clearing any encampment, campers must be given access to outreach services, and clear warnings must be posted noting the scheduled clean-up day. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homeless Outreach Services Team helps oversee this extensive process.
These procedures help ensure two things. First, it helps people experiencing homelessness connect with services and housing rather than just relocate to a new campsite. Second, it protects the City and law enforcement from liability, decreasing costs to the community resulting from litigation. If you are concerned about an encampment, your local City staff can provide information about any ongoing encampment clean-up operations.
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.
Outreach & Support
There are several organizations providing direct services to the homeless population in Malibu:
- The People Concern
- Homelessness Working Group
- Malibu C.A.R.T.
- St. Joseph Center
- LA Homeless Services Authority
The People Concern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides comprehensive, coordinated services to homeless individuals throughout Los Angeles County.
The People Concern files monthly reports to inform the City and community of the services provided in Malibu, including statistics for the current month, year-to-date, and cumulative outcomes since the program started in September 2016.
In 2016, the City issued a grant to the Malibu Task Force on Homelessness (MTFH), an independent organization of community volunteers, to help fund a pilot project to bring professional services to Malibu's homeless population. MTFH entered into an agreement with The People Concern to bring two, full-time outreach workers from The People Concern to Malibu daily in order to locate, engage, and build relationships with homeless individuals in Malibu. They then connected the individuals with a fully-integrated system of care – including mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, and permanent supportive housing – provided by The People Concern and tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
As of September 30, 2018, the outreach team has successfully moved 33 homeless Malibu residents into permanent housing. An additional 15 individuals are currently in interim housing. Since the program began, more than 30 of the outreach team's clients received or were approved for housing vouchers, putting them on the path to permanent housing.
Beginning in July 2018, the City established a budget line item to directly fund its homelessness programming, including full funding of the outreach program provided by The People Concern.
To leave a message for the Outreach Team about a particular homeless individual in need of non-emergency assistance, call 310-460-2638 or email MalibuOutreach@ThePeopleConcern.org.
The Homelessness Working Group was originally formed in February 2018 to provide input for development of the City's Strategic Plan on Homelessness.
The Working Group is comprised of a broad cross-section of community stakeholders, including: City staff; the Sheriff’s Department; the Malibu faith community; The People Concern and its outreach workers; residents and representatives of the business community; State Parks; LA County Library; and local and regional homeless assistance agencies and organizations.
The Homelessness Working Group meets regularly to discuss issues and opportunities for addressing homelessness in Malibu, and to consider options for implementation of the Homelessness Strategic Plan goals.
The Malibu Community Assistance Resource Team (CART) is a 501(c)(3) community-based team of volunteers that provide basic needs for homeless individuals in Malibu.
CART volunteer activities include:
- Homeless Connect Days - Provide assistance to the County on events that provide services that meet basic needs
- Mobile Eye Clinics - Partner with UCLA to provide eye and vision services, including exams, prescriptions, and glasses
- Food, Lunches, Dinners - CART supports ongoing dinner and lunch programs through both donations and volunteer power
- Winter Shelters - CART helps provide transportation to winter shelters
- Laundry programs - CART collects and distributes donated food, clothing, toiletries, bus fare, transportation, books for courses, sleeping bags, and more
- Assistance for newly housed - CART provides basic supplies needed when someone is placed in their new home
St. Joseph Center is a 501(c)(3) multifaceted social service organization based in Venice offering Outreach & Engagement, Housing, Mental Health, and Education & Vocational programs to working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages.
With respect for the dignity of each person, St. Joseph Center’s offers resources and tools to help each individual become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.
Formed In December 1993 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Mayor and City Council, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is an independent, joint powers authority that provides funding, program design, outcomes assessment, and technical assistance to more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies that assist homeless persons achieve independence and stability in permanent housing. LAHSA's primary role is to coordinate the effective and efficient utilization of federal and local funding in providing services to homeless people throughout Los Angeles County.
Additionally, LAHSA partners with both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles to integrate services and housing opportunities to ensure wide distribution of service and housing options throughout the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.
The County of Los Angeles has agreed to allow local organizations to serve regular meals to homeless individuals within the Malibu community at the former Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse (located at 23525 Civic Center Way).
Beginning September 2018, dinners are being served at the Courthouse twice each month. Meals are prepared and served by caring local residents, faith groups, and non-profit organizations. Outreach and support services will be made available at the dinners to those individuals interested in receiving additional assistance.
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. The events are generally held in Malibu twice each year.
The next Homeless Connect Day will take place on June 6, 2019.
The results of the 2018 Homeless Count were released in June 2018, and Malibu shows a 14% reduction in the number of homeless residents since the 2017 count. Homeless Count results for Malibu:
To become a volunteer in the next Homeless Count, visit TheyCountWillYou.org.
How You can help
- 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)