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. 

In October 2017, the City received Measure H funding from the County of Los Angeles to develop its Homelessness Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the City Council on June 25, 2018. The City currently provides funding for an Outreach Team and a Housing Navigator, who works with the Outreach Team and landlords to help people experiencing homelessness get off the streets and into housing.

January 29, 2021 Special City Council Meeting Discusses Homelessness in Malibu

The Malibu City Council held a Special Meeting on January 29, 2021 to discuss the issue of homelessness in Malibu, its impacts on the community, the measures being taken to address homelessness, current and future challenges, and potential new measures by the City and other entities. The meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel. The agenda and staff report are posted in the Agenda Center.


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Safety Concerns

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

  1. Encampments and Fires
  2. Used Needles
  3. Hepatitis A

Camping in the brush poses a wildfire threat. 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 310-456-6652 or 818-878-1808. If you are 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. 

Property owners may file a Letter of Agency that permits the Sheriff's Department to remove trespassers from their private property. Questions may be directed to Susan Dueńas, Public Safety Manager, at 310-456-2489 ext. 313 or SDuenas@malibucity.org.

Public Property

Encampments on public property can also be removed; however, specific protocols must be followed by both the pertinent municipality and law enforcement. 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 (HOST) helps oversee this extensive process.

These procedures help ensure two things: 

  1. It helps people experiencing homelessness connect with services and housing rather than just relocate to a new campsite.
  2. It protects the City and law enforcement from liability, decreasing costs to the community resulting from litigation. If you are concerned about an encampment, 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
  6. COG Homelessness Outreach

The People Concern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides comprehensive, coordinated services to homeless individuals throughout Los Angeles County. 

Outreach Reports

The People Concern 

The People Concern files monthly reports of services provided in Malibu, including statistics for the current month, year-to-date, and cumulative outcomes since the program started in September 2016.

Las Virgenes-Malibu COG

The outreach worker contracted by the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (COG) provides weekly status updates to all .


  1. Homeless Count
  2. Homeless Connect Day
  3. Homelessness Working Group

Malibu is included in The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count coordinated by the Los Angeles Homelessness Services Authority (LAHSA).  

The City seeks community volunteers to assist with the next Homeless Count in Malibu, which will be conducted on January 22, 2020, 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. For more information, contact Sarah Kaplan, Public Safety Specialist, at 310-456-2489, ext. 368, or SKaplan@malibucity.org

Homeless Count Results

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 volunteer for a 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)