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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.

 

Volunteers Needed for Annual Homeless Count on January 22, 2019

We are pleased to share that the City will once again be participating in the 2019 Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which is an annual event coordinated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.   This year, the homeless count is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  On that evening, volunteers will be surveying Monrovia, along with other areas of the San Gabriel Valley, to determine how many people in the area are homeless.  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.

For those interested in volunteering to assist with the homeless count, we would love to have your help!  On the evening of January 22, 2019, any interested individual is being asked to arrive at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue) at 8:00 p.m.  A volunteer training and orientation session will occur at that time, and representatives from the City’s Public Services Department and Police Department will be on hand to address any questions / concerns.  The actual count is expected to begin at 9:00 p.m. 

Let us know you that you will be volunteering! You can pre-register online.

LA County Homeless Count Flyer - January 22, 2019LA County Homeless Count Flyer - January 22, 2019

City of Monrovia's Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness

Executive Summary & Goals Handout

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.

Goals:

  1. Be relentless in our contact with anyone suffering from homelessness.
  2. Expand community coordination in support of ending homelessness.
  3. Promote the use of the Coordinated Entry System (CES).
  4. Develop educational materials in partnership with LA County.
  5. Develop a Monrovia-centric directed giving campaign.
  6. 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 Plan Executive Summary Background InformationHomeless Plan Executive Summary and List of Goals 

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.

To view the Homeless Response Kit, please click here.

City of Monrovia Homeless Response Kit

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.