Progress Update on Homeless Count



 

MBSAFE began In 2018 when the point-in-time count revealed 41 homeless in Manhattan Beach, which was a large increase from the previous year.

In 2020 the homeless count revealed 15 homeless.

This year 2022, 8 homeless individuals were identified during the homeless count.

It is an on going effort but very rewarding and we are always looking for volunteers to take on a larger role in MBSAFE.

Without your help, letting us know about homeless individuals as you go about your day, and your donations we would not be successful.

Thank you all for helping us help the homeless.




MANHATTAN BEACH HOMELESS COUNT SHOWS A DECREASE IN THE UNHOUSED

Manhattan Beach, CA (September 12, 2022) – Results of the 2022 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count reveal a 40% reduction in people experiencing homelessness in Manhattan Beach from 2020 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a count was not conducted in 2021), according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).


The City’s actions dedicating resources to enhance the lives of people experiencing homelessness have been impactful, as Manhattan Beach has seen consecutive reductions in the number of unhoused individuals counted by LAHSA. In 2018 when the City began taking an active role in addressing homelessness, the point-in-time count revealed 41 unhoused individuals living in Manhattan Beach. The count in 2020 revealed 15 unhoused individuals. The most recent count conducted on February 23, 2022 identified nine unhoused individuals.

“The data shows we are moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Steve Napolitano. “The investments we have made to address homelessness and our multi-pronged strategy that includes education, enforcement, local and regional partnerships, and outreach connecting people to housing are improving the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Manhattan Beach is committed to keeping folks off the streets, placing them into housing and providing them support services. We will continue to take a proactive approach to homelessness with everyone's safety and wellness in mind to protect the community values we hold dear."

Over the last year, the City has dedicated additional resources to provide housing services to support unsheltered individuals. In November 2021, the City Council approved an agreement with Harbor Interfaith Services for a dedicated housing navigator/case manager that has been instrumental in interacting with unhoused individuals and providing them with assistance, whether through treatment referrals, document production, or interim/stable housing placements. Furthermore, the Council approved an agreement with SHARE! Collaborative Housing for two beds to shelter unhoused individuals. Both agreements ensured that street outreach conducted by Harbor Interfaith Services could quickly result in the housing of individuals within 24 hours of first contact compared to 260 days elsewhere through the housing process.


Since the approval of these two agreements, and ...

...in partnership MBSAFE (a local non-profit which connects homeless people with the City’s homeless navigator and seeks to refer people to the resources needed to rebuild their lives),

the City has made substantial progress in its outreach efforts with unhoused individuals. Additionally, in collaboration with regional partners that include Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, the City was awarded $216,000 in Measure H grant funding for two additional homeless navigators/case managers to service the cities. During the first half of 2022, the City’s investments in community partnerships, housing assistance, and extensive outreach have resulted in five permanent housing placements and nine short-term housing placements. This comprehensive approach has also led to productive interactions with 82 unhoused individuals, assistance with document production or enrollment in benefits provided to 10 individuals, and six treatment referrals.

While the City’s homeless navigator has made progress to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness, the Manhattan Beach Police Department has also played an active role in addressing homelessness in our community with an emphasis on public safety. Thirteen police officers have been trained to respond to incidents involving people who are homeless. These officers work with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health on a weekly basis to assist mentally ill homeless individuals.



 


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