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 addition, crime, and vagrancy are a continuing choice.
We plan on coordinating more frequent and consistent outreach activities designed to provide regular updates regarding our efforts to address homelessness in Monrovia.
Public Health Community Meeting Coming February 2018!
A legitimate concern has been raised about the fear of contracting Hepatitis A and / or another communicable disease, due to the activities of our homeless population. To address this concern, City staff are planning a Hepatitis A / Health Forum to discuss facts and myths in greater detail.
We are working to coordinate a community meeting with representatives from the LA County Department of Public Health to discuss actual health-related risks and prevention strategies. Please stay tuned for more information!
City Council Study Session Planned for Late February 2018 / Early March 2018
The City Council will be holding a study session in the coming months to review the current regulations regarding conduct in our public spaces as well as how we impound items left by our homeless population in public spaces.
The City Council will discuss proposed rule changes that have been brought forth for consideration, including:
- Considerations and challenges associated with re-adopting a “No-Camping” ordinance
- Maintaining our 72 hour notice prior to removing personal property belonging to a homeless individual, vs. transitioning to a 24 hour notice prior to removing that personal property
- An assessment of park closure times
- Discussion regarding the possibility of requiring homeless individuals to obtain a permit prior to loitering at Library Park
- Review of a proposed restriction on overnight on-street RV parking in Monrovia
We will share more information as this meeting is finalized in the coming weeks.
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:
- Comprehensive upgrades to Library Park – Study session planned with City Council in February 2018, with construction scheduled to begin at some point in mid to late 2018
- Install Real Change Movement signage and meters at Library Park – mid-2018
- Review possible signage upgrades / modifications at City parks – mid-2018
- Block off the alley between the Community Center and the bank – early 2018
- Redesign the patio area in front of the Community Center as a GoMonrovia LimeBike parking location – early 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.
Annual Homeless Count Reveals a Preliminary Count of 35 Homeless Individuals in Monrovia
The Annual LA Homeless Services Authority Homeless Count took place on January 23, 2018. Approximately 30 Monrovians volunteered for the 2018 Point-In-Time Homeless Count, along with LA County Supervisor Katherine Barger.
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 preliminary results from the homeless count, it was reported that 35 homeless individuals were counted in Monrovia. This is a slight decrease from the 39 homeless individuals that were counted in Monrovia in 2017.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers, the Monrovia Police Department, the Recreation Division, and LAHSA for coordinating this important event!
- Visit www.theycountwillyou.org to learn more about the Annual Homeless Count.
Partnering with Foothill Unity Center
Monrovia is fortunate to have a community partner who provides comprehensive, wrap-around service in an effective and dignified manner. Foothill Unity Center has served our community for nearly 40 years, and they are the experts in assisting individuals and families to self-sufficiency.
Founded in 1980, Foothill Unity Center is the primary provider of food, case management/crisis help, and access to health care resources across eleven San Gabriel Valley cities in LA County.
The City supports the strategy of directed giving, which encourages community members to donate to a local service provider who is equipped to provide food, case management, referrals, and health services. This concept was developed to minimize handouts to panhandlers, where this giving could be supporting addiction, and instead give to local non-profits that provide real assistance instead. The Foothill Unity Center, due to its corporate relationships and community connections, has the ability to stretch a dollar much further than an individual. By donating to the Unity Center, residents are making a direct investment in our community’s future and well-being.
Develop Enhanced Social Service Contacts
The City is working to expand our partnerships with social service operators, such as LAHSA, and we are working on development of a more robust plan of relentless interface with our homeless population to offer social service / housing related options.
- 2-1-1 is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in L.A. County. The 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) – www.lahsa.org 213-225-6581 – Monrovia partners with the non-profit LAHSA, which provides assistance in locating permanent housing for homeless individuals and families, provides them with transportation to the agencies providing the housing and assists them with completing all necessary processing paperwork to qualify the applicant. (811 Wilshire Blvd. 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017)
- Union Station Homeless Services – www.unionstationhs.org 626-240-4550 – Providing temporary and permanent housing, employment opportunities and life skills. (825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104)
- Veterans Affairs (V.A.) – www.losangeles.va.gov 310-478-3711 – Providing housing, jobs, food, medical and psychiatric care and life skills for homeless veterans. (11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073)
- Foothill Unity Center – Monrovia partners with the non-profit Unity Center which provides food for low income or no income families and individuals, as well as volunteers providing food delivery service to our low income seniors or disabled persons who may be homebound. Additional services provided primarily through donations are pet food distribution, bus tokens, clothing vouchers, hotel vouchers and referrals to dental, medical and psychiatric services. (626-359-1777; 415 W. Chestnut, Monrovia, CA 91016)
- Foothills Kitchen – Multiple church groups volunteer to serve free hot meals each Saturday from 1PM – 2PM at the United Methodist Church. They also provide free clothing, job referrals, resume assistance, and a housing listing board. (626-358-8157 or 626-506-5252; United Methodist Church, 140 E. Palm Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016)
- Alcoholics Anonymous – 323-932-4343 – Alcohol addiction recovery. Find a meeting group near you.
- Narcotics Anonymous – 800-863-2962 – Provides fellowship and regular meetings for people recovering from problematic drug use to help each other stay clean. Find a meeting group near you.
- Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) – 1-800-854-7771 – Providing mental health services and specialized housing for the mentally ill homeless through the CHEERD Program. Providing mental health and housing for certain at risk seniors over 65 through the GENESIS Program.
- A LA County Mental Health Clinician has an office located in the Monrovia Police Department Community Activist Policing Bureau, 626-256-8025.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The Lifeline provides free and confidential, 24/7 support for people in distress or looking for resources. Call 1-800-273-8255 for help.
- Support Solutions @Monrovia Library – 858-752-2569 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Olympic Staffing Services – 818-550-0410 – 444 E. Huntington Dr. #101, Arcadia, CA
- MFGPeople.com – 626-254-8623 – 150 N. Santa Anita #300, Arcadia, CA
- Time to Hire Corp. – 818-900-0298 – 411 E. Huntington Dr. #107, Arcadia, CA
- Source One Staffing – 626-337-0560 – 5312 Irwindale Ave. #1H, Irwindale, CA
- Hart Employment Services – 626-405-0778 – 2982 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
- Labor Ready – 626-440-8225 – 2982 E. Colorado Blvd. #102b, Pasadena, CA
- Apple One – 626-796-0395 – 150 S. Los Robles Ave. #970, Pasadena, CA
- Spherion – 626-793-8395 – 3452 E. Foothill Blvd. #528, Pasadena, CA
- L.A. County Department of Public Social Services – Provides temporary financial assistance called general relief, which is placed on a credit card called an EBT card. Provides employment services, free or low-cost health care insurance, food benefits, and in-home services for the elderly and disabled. The applicant must show proof of residency. (866-613-3777 or 626-569-1399; 3352 Aerojet Ave., El Monte, CA
Former Prisoner – Re-entry Programs
- Flintridge Center – Provides effective and comprehensive services and resources for recently release inmates as well as finding employment. (626-449-0839; 236 W. Mountain St. #106, Pasadena, CA. 91103)
- Friends Outside in L.A. County, Inc. (FOLA) – Provides life skills services to persons affected by incarceration.(626-795-7607 x103; 261 E. Colorado Blvd. #217, Pasadena, CA 91101)