In response to a growing homeless population in Malibu, the City has increased its measures to address homelessness and its impacts on the community. Some of those measures include development of a strategic plan, increased participation in events to aid the homeless, and the formation of a working group to strengthen cooperation between the various agencies and organizations providing assistance within the community.
In October 2017, the City received Measure H funding from the County of Los Angeles to develop its Homelessness Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the City Council on June 25, 2018. The City currently provides funding for an Outreach Team and a Housing Navigator, who works with the Outreach Team and landlords to help people experiencing homelessness get off the streets and into housing.
January 29, 2021 Special City Council Meeting Discusses Homelessness in Malibu
The Malibu City Council held a Special Meeting on January 29, 2021 to discuss the issue of homelessness in Malibu, its impacts on the community, the measures being taken to address homelessness, current and future challenges, and potential new measures by the City and other entities. The meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel. The agenda and staff report are posted in the Agenda Center.
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If you have an immediate safety concern, call 911 or the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station directly at 310-456-6652.
Camping in the brush poses a wildfire threat. If you see a campfire in the brush, always call 911 immediately.
Encampments on private property should be reported to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 310-456-6652 or 818-878-1808. If you are reporting an encampment on someone else’s property, the Sheriff’s Department can identify the property owner, check for a Letter of Agency on file, and/or contact the property owner to see if they want them removed.
Property owners may file a Letter of Agency that permits the Sheriff's Department to remove trespassers from their private property. Questions may be directed to Susan Dueńas, Public Safety Manager, at 310-456-2489 ext. 313 or SDuenas@malibucity.org.
Encampments on public property can also be removed; however, specific protocols must be followed by both the pertinent municipality and law enforcement. Sometimes, this process can take up to two months. Before clearing any encampment, campers must be given access to outreach services, and clear warnings must be posted noting the scheduled clean-up day. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) helps oversee this extensive process.
These procedures help ensure two things:
- It helps people experiencing homelessness connect with services and housing rather than just relocate to a new campsite.
- It protects the City and law enforcement from liability, decreasing costs to the community resulting from litigation. If you are concerned about an encampment, City staff can provide information about any ongoing encampment clean-up operations.
Do not attempt to pick up used needles. If found, call the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Health Hazardous Materials Division:
- Between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, call 323-890-4317
- After hours, call 310-881-2455
In early 2018, Southern California experienced a large outbreak of Hepatitis A with a majority of cases in San Diego. Those at the highest risk were primarily in the homeless population or in settings with limited sanitation. As of April 2018, the California Department of Public Health declared the outbreak to have slowed down exponentially, but reported cases continue to be monitored.
Outreach & Support
There are several organizations providing direct services to the homeless population in Malibu:
- The People Concern
- Homelessness Working Group
- Malibu C.A.R.T.
- St. Joseph Center
- LA Homeless Services Authority
- COG Homelessness Outreach
The People Concern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides comprehensive, coordinated services to homeless individuals throughout Los Angeles County.
The Homelessness Working Group was originally formed in February 2018 to provide input for development of the City's Strategic Plan on Homelessness.
The Working Group is comprised of a broad cross-section of community stakeholders, including: City staff; Sheriff’s Department; Malibu Public Safety Commission; Malibu faith community; The People Concern and its outreach workers; residents and representatives of the business community; State Parks; LA County Library; and local and regional homeless assistance agencies and organizations.
The Homelessness Working Group meets regularly to discuss issues and opportunities for addressing homelessness in Malibu, and to consider options for implementation of the Homelessness Strategic Plan goals.
The Malibu Community Assistance Resource Team (CART) is a 501(c)(3) community-based team of volunteers that provide basic needs for homeless individuals in Malibu.
CART volunteer activities include:
- Homeless Connect Days - Provide assistance to the County on events that provide services that meet basic needs
- Mobile Eye Clinics - Partner with UCLA to provide eye and vision services, including exams, prescriptions, and glasses
- Food, Lunches, Dinners - CART supports ongoing dinner and lunch programs through both donations and volunteer power
- Winter Shelters - CART helps provide transportation to winter shelters
- Laundry programs - CART collects and distributes donated food, clothing, toiletries, bus fare, transportation, books for courses, sleeping bags, and more
- Assistance for newly housed - CART provides basic supplies needed when someone is placed in their new home
St. Joseph Center is a 501(c)(3) multifaceted social service organization based in Venice offering Outreach & Engagement, Housing, Mental Health, and Education & Vocational programs to working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages.
With respect for the dignity of each person, St. Joseph Center offers resources and tools to help each individual become productive, stable, and self-supporting members of the community.
Formed In December 1993 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the City of Los Angeles Mayor and City Council, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is an independent joint powers authority that provides funding, program design, outcomes assessment, and technical assistance to more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies that assist homeless persons achieve independence and stability in permanent housing. LAHSA’s primary role is to coordinate the effective and efficient utilization of federal and local funding in providing services to homeless people throughout Los Angeles County.
Additionally, LAHSA partners with both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles to integrate services and housing opportunities to ensure wide distribution of service and housing options throughout the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.
The Los Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (COG), representing the Cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, and Westlake Village, was awarded Measure H funds from the County, which were utilized to hire a homelessness outreach worker to work for the five cities. The outreach worker was hired in March 2020, and will provide reports to the COG.
The People Concern
The People Concern files monthly reports of services provided in Malibu, including statistics for the current month, year-to-date, and cumulative outcomes since the program started in September 2016.
Las Virgenes-Malibu COG
The outreach worker contracted by the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (COG) provides weekly status updates to all .
The City seeks community volunteers to assist with the next Homeless Count in Malibu, which will be conducted on January 22, 2020, 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. For more information, contact Sarah Kaplan, Public Safety Specialist, at 310-456-2489, ext. 368, or SKaplan@malibucity.org.
Homeless Count Results
The results of the 2018 Homeless Count were released in June 2018, and Malibu shows a 14% reduction in the number of homeless residents since the 2017 count. Homeless Count results for Malibu:
To volunteer for a Homeless Count, visit TheyCountWillYou.org.
Homeless Connect Day
Homeless Connect Day events, organized by the County of Los Angeles in cooperation with the City of Malibu, are held at the former Malibu Courthouse (23525 Civic Center Way) to provide services and resources to those in need via volunteer and non-profit organizations. The events are generally held in Malibu twice each year.
The next Homeless Connect Day will take place on June 6, 2019, from 10 AM to 1 PM. More information is available here.
The Malibu Homelessness Working Group meets monthly on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Public Safety staff for more information on participating in these meetings.
How You can help
- Donate to local non-profit and outreach organizations providing support for the homeless population
- Volunteer at local shelters and food pantries
- Volunteer for the next Homeless Count (TheyCountWillYou.org)