How Monrovia is Addressing Homelessness
The City's goal is to ensure that homeless and impoverished members of our community receive structured, goal-oriented assistance. The intent is to ensure that those in need have the resources to lift themselves to a safe, stable environment without enabling those for whom addiction, crime, and vagrancy are a continuing choice.
- View the Executive Summary and Goals Handout for Monrovia's Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness
- View Monrovia's Complete Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness
- View Monrovia's Homeless Response Kit: Resources to Prevent and End Homelessness
Preliminary 2019 Homeless Count Data Show Numbers Held Fairly Constant, Save for Large Decrease in RVs
On January 22, Monrovia participated in the 2019 Point-In-Time Homeless Count. The event, which was spearheaded and coordinated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, engaged volunteers to survey Monrovia to determine how many people in the area are homeless.
Based on the preliminary results, the numbers in Monrovia appear to have held fairly constant. There was a noticeable increase in the number of individuals identified as homeless when compared with last year (18 in 2019 vs. 9 in 2018). However, since it was brutally cold during last year's count, many experts believe the weather may have depressed the numbers. When comparing the number of individuals counted as homeless this year against two years ago, the numbers are fairly consistent (18 in 2019 vs. 14 in 2017).
In addition, we did see a large drop in the number of individuals living in RV's in Monrovia, which was down to 14 this year, compared to 33 in 2018. The chart below highlights all of the preliminary numbers that were collected from our Homeless Count this year.
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These preliminary numbers will be converted into a final report that is expected to be available in May. Ultimately, the data collected is used to better design programs and deploy resources to serve the homeless population. For more information, visit Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's website.
The City Council held a study session on July 17, 2018 to review the state of homelessness in LA County and address Monrovia’s plan to tackle this serious issue. In 2017, LA County voters approved Measure H, a ½-cent sales tax increase, which is estimated to raise $355 million per year for 10 years. Funding from this tax measure will go towards helping homeless individuals transition into planned affordable housing, including a one-time allotment of $30,000 to eligible cities, which the City of Monrovia will use to codify and expand on our ongoing homeless response efforts.
- Be relentless in our contact with anyone suffering from homelessness.
- Expand community coordination in support of ending homelessness.
- Promote the use of the Coordinated Entry System (CES).
- Develop educational materials in partnership with LA County.
- Develop a Monrovia-centric directed giving campaign.
- Develop a Housing Displacement Response Plan.
Click here to view the City's Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness, which includes a detailed strategy to achieve these six goals. For a summary of the City's Plan, click here.
Homeless Response Kit Now Available
Over the last several months, at community events and gatherings on homelessness, we have heard community members ask, "What Can I Do to Make a Difference?" Building on this call within our community, City staff worked with local service providers to develop a Homeless Response Kit: Resources to Prevent and End Homelessness.
The Homeless Response Kit offers community members practical resources that outline tangible ways in which individuals can help address homelessness issues. Whether it be educating yourself about the Coordinated Entry System, volunteering your time with a local service organization, or passing on a phone number of a local service provider to a neighbor in need, we can all play a significant role in preventing and Combating Homelessness here in Monrovia.
Proposed Infrastructure Upgrades to Public Spaces
There are a number of infrastructure projects currently in the design and development process related to addressing issues related to homelessness in Library Park.
An overview of the projects currently in the pipeline includes:
- Library Park Enhancements
- Study session with City Council held July 17, 2018
- Design contract approved on October 2, 2018
- Install directed giving donation meters
- Review possible signage upgrades / modifications at City parks - In development
- Block off the alley between the Community Center and the bank - Completed!
- Redesign the patio area in front of the Community Center as a GoMonrovia LimeBike parking location – Completed March 2018!
Robust Law Enforcement Response
The Monrovia Police Department will continue to coordinate a robust law enforcement response to address any and all violations at Library Park, and we continue to maintain our commitment to engaging in those law enforcement activities in a manner which is aligned with all applicable rules and laws. The City will continue our special homeless patrols, which occur each week for 5 hours at a time.
2018 Annual Homeless Count Shows 71 Homeless Individuals Living in Monrovia
The Annual LA Homeless Services Authority Homeless Count took place on January 23, 2018. This annual event, coordinated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), is crucial in determining how many people are homeless in Monrovia. Ultimately, the data collected by our volunteers is used to track changes in the homeless population over time, improve programs, and deploy appropriate levels of resources to serve those who are homeless.
Based on the final data compiled by LAHSA, there is an overall decrease in the number of individuals observed on the street (9 in 2018, compared with 14 the prior year in 2017), and individuals living in a makeshift shelter (7 in 2018, compared with 10 in 2017). However, the report identified a significant increase in homeless individuals in vehicles from 15 in 2017 to 55 in 2018. It is important to note that LAHSA takes each identified vehicle and utilizes a numerical formula to estimate an approximate number of homeless individuals living in each vehicle.
- 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Results Presentation
- Visit www.theycountwillyou.org to learn more about the Annual Homeless Count.