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.
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 included:
- Kelly Stroman
- Lucia La Rosa Ames
- Diane Wallace
- Lee Barr
- Gita O'Neil
- Chris Davis
- Lee Phillips
- Ken Deemer
- Michael Solis
- Barbara Kubo
Given the regional approach the City is undertaking with the Beach Cities and the Task Force’s completed goal (Measure H grant award), the work of the Homelessness Task Force was completed completed. As is true with other City task forces and ad-hoc committees (e.g., the Ad Hoc Sepulveda Initiatives Working Group, the Downtown Specific Plan Task Force) such bodies are dissolved after their work is completed. Accordingly, the Homelessness Task Force was dissolved on October 15, 2019.
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 7 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.
Measure H Grant
On March 7, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors obtained voter approval for a 10-year, ¼ cent sales tax increase to help fund housing and support services for the homeless population throughout the County. Since the passage of Measure H, various cities have taken an active role in addressing homelessness. In October 2017, 47 cities were awarded homelessness planning grants. Manhattan Beach was one of the cities to apply for, receive this funding, and subsequently develop a homelessness plan.
Through the $330,666 City Homelessness Plan Implementation Grant provided by the County of Los Angeles and approved by the Manhattan Beach City Council on September 4, 2019, the City (along with regional partners in Redondo and Hermosa Beach) solicited proposals from a qualified homeless service provider. City Council has awarded a subcontract to a qualified homeless services firm, Harbor Interfaith Services, to provide three full-time equivalent positions to assist homeless individuals and families in the South Bay Beach Cities.
Community Resource Guide and Card
Consistent with the City's Homelessness Plan and efforts to educate the community on various resources in the South Bay, the City has produced a homeless resource guide (PDF). The guide summarizes a variety of resources offered near the Manhattan Beach area for those experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the guide contains a resource card that offers important phone numbers for quick reference.
Submit an Outreach Request
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) launched a new, easy-to-use website – the Los Angeles Homeless Outreach Portal (LA-HOP) to help make it easier to request coordinated county services for homeless individuals who need specific kinds of assistance. LA-HOP is designed to assist people experiencing homelessness in LA County with outreach services. This County-wide, web-based portal was designed to ensure constituents can easily submit requests for homeless outreach.
This portal serves as a way for citizens to request services for homeless individuals in need of resources. It is not meant to be a tool to report criminal activity or emergency services. Outreach is restricted to the "literally homeless" defined as "an individual that has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation."
On January 23, 2019, 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 Joslyn Community Center 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 25, 2019 LAHSA, released the, 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count City and
Community Level Results. The City of Manhattan Beach’s homeless count that night was totaled
at 22 “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 - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2015 - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
- 2016 - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2016 - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
- 2017 - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2017 - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
- 2018 - Service Planning Area 8: South Bay (PDF)
- 2018 - Manhattan Beach (PDF)
- 2019 - 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.
In response to the Martin v. Boise decision, the City has joined a coalition of California local public agencies in support of the City of Boise’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court accepts the petition and rules in favor of Boise, it could clarify homeless enforcements mechanisms for our Police Department.
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) 545-4566.
Senior Management Analyst
Phone: (310) 802-5054