Homelessness

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

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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.

Safety Concerns

If you have an immediate safety concern, call 911 or the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station at 310-456-6652.

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  3. Hepatitis A

Camping in the brush poses a wildfire threat to our community. If you see a campfire in the brush, always call 911 immediately

Private Property

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. 

Public Property

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. 


Outreach & Support

There are several organizations providing direct services to the homeless population in Malibu:

  1. The People Concern
  2. Homelessness Working Group
  3. Malibu C.A.R.T.
  4. St. Joseph Center
  5. 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. 

Monthly Reports

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.

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The People Concern 2018 Impact Report

Pilot Program

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

Events

  1. Meals for Homeless
  2. Homeless Connect Day
  3. Homeless Count

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.

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)