Concerns have been raised within the community regarding an increased presence of homeless individuals within the City. The City has taken a strategic and regional approach to address homelessness. By working with the City's regional partners at the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) and the People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) the City has begun to direct individuals experiencing homelessness to resources in the South Bay region.
The Manhattan Beach Police Department has been responsive to those concerns and continues to actively monitor incidents while respecting the rights of homeless individuals and ensuring public safety. To report incidents of concern, related to homeless individuals, please call the Police Department's non-emergency number at (310) 545-4566.
Homelessness Task Force
Consistent with City Council direction at the August 21, 2018, meeting, the City Council appointed individuals to a task force, consisting of five members, with each City Councilmember appointing one member at the October 16, 2018, City Council meeting. The Homelessness Task Force members include:
- Kelly Stroman
- Lucia La Rosa Ames
- Liz Spear
- Diane Wallace
- Lee Barr
The scope of the task force will develop over time but the most immediate tasks of the Task Force will be: 1) assisting City staff with developing a proposal to submit to the County to obtain Measure H funds and 2) community outreach and education on homelessness.
Following the November 7, 2018, Homelessness Plans Implementation Request for Proposal (RFP) deadline, the City will begin to look into expanding the homelessness task force to 11 members total, per City Council direction.
At its August 21, 2018, meeting, City Council adopted the City's Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness in Our Community (PDF). The plan contains 10 goals aligned with the City of Manhattan Beach’s and County of Los Angeles’s objectives to address homelessness. Each goal contains supplemental information and includes:
- Supported actions to achieve those goals;
- Associated policy changes and requirements to move forward;
- How progress will be measured;
- Who is responsible for each goal and its progress;
- What City resources will be leveraged; and
- Timeline to complete each goal.
Additionally, the plan contains an outline of collaborative opportunities the City would like to participate in and demonstrates a correlation between the City’s efforts and Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative Strategies.
On January 24, 2018, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in coordination with the
South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness, conducted the annual homeless count. Volunteers
gathered at the Hermosa Beach City Council Chambers and were given a brief training before
beginning the count with their designated teams. Community members, staff, and the Manhattan
Beach Police Department assisted with conducting the count.
On July 27, 2018 LAHSA, released the, 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count City and
Community Level Results (PDF). The City of Manhattan Beach’s homeless count that night was totaled
at 41 “unsheltered” persons or individuals living in vehicles, makeshift shelters, tents or the street. For a breakdown of Homeless Count numbers from previous years, see the links below.
- 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
- 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
- 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
- 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
To maintain public areas within the City in a clean, sanitary, safe and accessible condition, the Manhattan Beach City Council adopted an Ordinance on September 4, 2018, prohibiting camping and storing personal property in public areas. The City has taken the following measures to enforce the Ordinance in a manner that is in full compliance with the Constitution, while addressing homelessness in a deliberate and humane manner.
- Designation of homeless liaison that reports directly to the City Manager
- Outreach and education, including the formation of a homeless task force
- Coordination with regional homeless care services
- Proactive communication with area shelters to determine availability
- Assisting homeless individuals with finding adequate shelter
- Secure additional mental health clinician hours
If the City has arranged for adequate and available shelter, and an individual chooses not to use it, the City will enforce the new Ordinance.
Mental Health Evaluation Team
The City of Manhattan Beach, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and the cities of Redondo and Hermosa Beach, is proud to provide mental evaluation services through compassionate field intervention. In 2017, these four agencies launched the Beach Cities Mental Evaluation Team (MET). MET is a co-response model to respond to 911 calls or requests from field patrol officers to assist with calls for service regarding mentally-ill persons. Each team consists of one officer and one mental health clinician. For more information regarding Mental Evaluation Team services, please visit LACDMH.
If you would like to request MET services or report an incident with the Manhattan Beach Police Department, please call our non-emergency number Dispatch Center at (310) 802-4566.
Senior Management Analyst
Phone: (310) 802-5054