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.
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.
City staff recently updated Monrovia’s Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness and developed six primary goals:
- 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.
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 Reveals a Preliminary Count of 71 Homeless Individuals
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 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.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers, the Monrovia Police Department, the Recreation Division, and LAHSA for coordinating this important event!
- 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Results Presentation
- 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.
Browse the resources available to homeless individuals below! The services are broken into different categories to assist you in your search: Housing, Food, Addiction Recovery, Mental Health, Immediate Jobs, Financial Assistance, and Former Prisoner.
- 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) – 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. (213-225-6581; 811 Wilshire Blvd. 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017)
- Union Station Homeless Services – Providing temporary and permanent housing, employment opportunities and life skills. (626-240-4550; 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104)
- Veterans Affairs (V.A.) – Providing housing, jobs, food, medical and psychiatric care and life skills for homeless veterans. (310-478-3711; 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 email@example.com
- 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 Avenue, 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)