For 700 homeless individuals in Santa Monica and over 44,000 living in Los Angeles County, life is a constant struggle. Santa Monica is taking a leadership role in providing resources and assistance to the most vulnerable members of community.
Desired outcomes: Community, Health, Economic Vibrancy
The city’s year-round response includes a $2.7M investment in a network of partner agencies providing critical services, healthcare, employment training and housing, with local resources prioritized to help people most at risk for dying on the streets. This includes innovative programs like Project Homecoming, which has helped nearly 2,000 individuals get off the streets since 2006 by reuniting them with loved ones able to provide a stable living situation. The SMPD Homeless Liaison Program plays a key role on a daily basis by going beyond traditional law enforcement to help connect homeless individuals with our service partners.
Reducing homelessness also means preventing vulnerable people from becoming homeless in the first place. Council recently authorized additional funding to support the efforts of the newly formed Senior Housing Task Force (SHTF). The SHTF represents city departments and non-profit agencies that can identify low-income, disabled older adults who are at imminent risk of eviction, providing social services and behavioral health interventions to prevent homelessness.