Homelessness

Measuring the number of homeless living in Santa Monica.

This indicator measures the number of homeless living in Santa Monica.Explore the data
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Current
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Dec 2020 Target
Goal Period ended December 2020

            What is this indicator?

            This indicator tracks the number of homeless persons living in Santa Monica (measured bi-annually during the Santa Monica Homeless Count).

            Why is it important?

            Priority goals of the City’s Human Services Division are to reduce the number of homeless people on the streets of Santa Monica and to move the most vulnerable, chronically homeless individuals into housing.

            How are we doing?

            In Fiscal year 2014/2015, the City provided over $7.6 million through the Human Services Grant Program (HSGP)to fund local non-profit agencies to create a “safety net” of services for low-income individuals and families. Over $2.3 million of this funding was specifically dedicated to funding City Initiatives and other homeless programs to provide services to homeless and at-risk households at every level, from street outreach to supportive housing to homeless prevention. Using a housing first approach, the goal is to place individuals and families experiencing homelessness into the permanent housing with the appropriate level of services as quickly as possible.

            In order to track our progress in these efforts, and to respond to homeless population trends, the City of Santa Monica has conducted an annual Homeless Count since 2009. On January 28, 2015,over 250 community volunteers and City staff covered each street in Santa Monica – a total of 226 linear miles – to tally homeless individuals they encountered as well as cars, RVs, tents, and boxes in which someone appeared to be living. Homeless individuals in shelters, jails, motels, and hospitals were simultaneously counted by staff at each facility in the City.

            From 2009 to 2015 there is a 19% reduction in overall homelessness in the City of Santa Monica (915 individuals in 2009 to 738 individuals in 2015).This includes a 16% reduction in street homelessness from 480 individuals in 2009 to 402 individuals in 2015. While there remains an overall decrease in the number of homeless individuals since the baseline year 2009, the number of individuals sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation has been slowly increasing since the lowest count of 314 individuals in 2011.

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