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Addressing Homelessness in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Homeless Count

Homeless counts are mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for all communities that receive federal funds for homelessness programs. Santa Monica conducts a Homeless Count every year in order to more rapidly identify and respond to homeless population trends.  

The 2017 Homeless Count took place on Wednesday, January 25. This event could not have taken place without the support of the community, including over 250 community volunteers and City staff who covered each street in Santa Monica!  

2018 Homeless Count Save the Date - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The 2017 Homeless Count Results Powerpoint Presentation was presented to Council on May 9th

The point-in-time homeless count found 921 individuals, an increase from 728 (26%) in 2016.

  • The street count is 581, an increase from 416 (39%) in 2016.
  • Individuals sleeping in vehicles/encampments total 92, an increase from 73 (26%) in 2016.
  • Shelter and institution population is 340, an increase from 312(9%) in 2016.

Key Findings

Demographic surveys 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 significant increase since last year demonstrates that the City is directly impacted by the regional homeless crisis. Last year, the regional count reported in excess of 46,000 people experiencing homelessness and 76% living on the street. Santa Monica's strategic approach to assisting people who are homeless has long focused on reaching the most vulnerable first: those suffering from chronic homelessness, acute medical needs, or disabilities. The growing regional demands has pushed Santa Monica's homeless service system beyond capacity, leaving the most vulnerable unsheltered and without adequate care.

Results over the Years

2017 Homeless Count Results Updated

Year over year graph

 2017 Homeless Count Line Graph


The Santa Monica Homeless Count
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