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2010 Santa Monica Homeless Count Findings

Presented on February 22, 2010 Community Forum Convened by the Santa Monica Social Services Commission


Action Plan to Address Homelessness in Santa Monica • Vision – We will transform Santa Monica to a place where our effective action and compassion end the impact of homelessness on our community.

• Guiding principles – Success is measured by a reduction in street homelessness – Direct our limited housing and resources to the needs of priority populations – Committed to doing our “fair share” of providing services to the homeless individuals in our community


Background and Methodology • How we counted – City-wide street count (Santa Monica volunteers) • • • •

All 19 census tracts 68 teams, 160 volunteers 226 linear miles Observe and tally

– Shelter and institution survey (HSD staff) • • • •

Shelters Hospitals Jail Motels

Photo: Margaret Molloy


Background and Methodology January 27, 2010 Santa Monica Count

Why We Count At Night • Everyone counts, especially the most vulnerable. • Counting at night reduces the chances of double counting. • Understanding the scope of homelessness in our community helps us address it.


2010 Point-in-time Homeless Count Street Count – Individuals

264

Shelter/Institution Count – Individuals

423

Street Count – Cars, Vans, RV’s, Encampments

55

Homeless Count TOTAL

742


Location of Homeless Population January 27, 2010


Change in Homelessness 2007, 2009, 2010 Reduction/ Variance 2009-2010

LAHSA 2007

Santa Monica 2009

Reduction/ Variance 2007-2009

Santa Monica 2010

Street Count – Individual

347

391

44

264

-127

Projected Count – Individual

104

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-104

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0

Shelter/Institution Count – Individuals

459

435

-24

423

-12

Street Count – Cars, Vans, RV’s, Encampments

89

89

0

55

-34

Total

999

915

-8%

742

-18.9%


Action Plan to Address Homelessness in Santa Monica •

Priority populations – Santa Monica’s chronically homeless – Santa Monica residents whose last permanent address is in Santa Monica – Vulnerable members of Santa Monica’s workforce Six project areas, over 30 actions 1) Services 2) Housing 3) Evaluation 4) Community Education 5) Public Policy 6) Regional Collaboration


Next Steps & Recommendations • Santa Monica and the 2010 Census

• Success Stories • Recommendations to the Commission


2010 Santa Monica Homeless Count Findings Presented on February 22, 2010 Community Forum Convened by the Santa Monica Social Services Commission


2010 Homeless Count Presention for Santa Monica