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Santa Monica’s Homeless Increases 26 Percent; Demographic Survey Paints Broader Picture

Note:  Darryl DuFay supplied the link and the initial figures  to make this story happen.

Santa Monica presented its homeless count figures and homeless data to the City Council last Tuesday (9 May). Los Angeles City and Venice are both awaiting their figures.

The Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA) had volunteers who did the homeless count on the night of 25 January, and then, LAHSA had others who did a “data survey” of those who were homeless, and the latter was accomplished over a period of three days.  The data gathered over the three-day period is so much more explanative of those homeless who live in shelters or the streets.

Here are some of the facts gleaned from the Santa Monica  count.

  • The 2017 point-in-time homeless count total is up 26% from 728 individuals in 2016 to 921.
  • The street count is up 39% from 416 in 2016 to 581.
  • Individuals sleeping in vehicles/encampments is up 26% from 73 in 2016 to 92.
  • Shelter and institution population is up 9% from 312 in 2016 to 340.

Demographic survey shed further light on who is coming into Santa Monica and from where:

  • New to Santa Monica – 29% report being in Santa Monica for less than 1 month.
  • Originate outside the City – 46% come to Santa Monica from other parts of Los Angeles County; 32% come from out of state.

“The Santa Monica ‘Out of State’ 32% figure should give us concern and reinforce our contention that there is a movement from out of state, from other areas in Los Angeles County 46% and the rest of the state 15%,” wrote Darryl DuFay. “We need this kind of homeless information for Venice.”

“I am suspect of the 46 percent figure for Los Angeles County,” said Reta Moser. “I suspect they were in Los Angeles County a short time before having come from outside the state. I say this based on those I have talked with in Venice. People will go where the weather and benefits are. Back in the 60′s people were bussed here from southern states because welfare benefits were greater. It doesn’t seem to matter to the heads of City and County. Los Angeles is taking the responsibility for housing and helping all, indiscriminately. But as Santa Monica has found, it does exhaust the system.”

Santa Monica has taken, as has Los Angeles,  the  strategic approach of assisting the homeless that are the most vulnerable first: those suffering from chronic homelessness, acute medical needs, or disabilities. According to the report, the growing regional demands has pushed Santa Monica’s homeless service system beyond capacity, leaving the most vulnerable unsheltered and without adequate care.

2017 Homeless Count City Council Powerpoint 2_000003
Santa Monica Homeless Count History — Both street and shelter count.

2017 Homeless Count City Council Powerpoint 2_000006_edited-2
Santa Monica “Street” Homeless compared to  SPA5 which includes Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Pacific Palisades,  Malibu,  Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice,  Westchester, and Westwood.

2017 Homeless Count City Council Powerpoint 2_000004
This is where they stay in Santa Monica.

Tellling Overall Statistics

2017 Homeless Count City Council Powerpoint 2_000005_edited-1

2017 Homeless Demographic Survey 2_000001
This lists all the demographic data collected this year for the homeless in Santa Monica.  A sample (188 in 2017) of those homeless are surveyed.

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous

    Services and tolerance for this unmanageable group of transients from somewhere else – How many? How much? How long? This is beginning to look like a never ending situation. But mostly, Why only Venice between Lincoln and the beach? UNFAIR!!!

  2. Nick Z

    Not sure Venice WANTS to be more tolerant, I think it’s a matter of being FORCED to be more tolerant, by judges who probably live in less tolerant communities….

  3. Jack Herman

    It’s only going to get worse due to the fact that the rents in Los Angeles are way too expensive and probably won’t be coming down anytime soon. You cannot have rents in a city so high that it takes a minimum yearly salary of $80,000 to be able to afford an apartment and not expect to have thousands of people living on your streets. It is simple economics that the affluent people here in Southern California just very simply do not understand.

    • Billy Zanatakos

      Venice is a lot more tolerant than Santa Monica. Sooner than later they will make their way down to Venice. Isn’t this reason enough to get the services in place so we can service the unhoused?

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