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Scott Steepleton, Editor
9:29 am PST February 22, 2021

Malibu’s Homelessness Working Group hit the streets recently and found 157 people living there, in motor vehicles and in tents and makeshift shelters.

According to City Manager Reva Feldman, the results “are mostly consistent with past years but show a significant decrease from last year in the number of people living in their vehicles on Pacific Coast Highway.”

The 2020 count found 132 people living in vehicles. This year, it was 73: 31 in cars; 26 in RVs and campers; and 16 in vans.

The decrease in people on PCH is likely the result of new parking restrictions on portions of the highway.

The results are as follows:

  • People on the street: 58
  • Makeshift shelters: 11
  • Tents: 15
  • Cars: 31
  • RVs/Campers: 26
  • Vans: 16

On Thursday, the City Council will hear an update on Malibu’s homeless services, the budget of which is $340,000 for 2020-21 fiscal year. The report stems from a January 2020 directive that officials say was slowed by the pandemic.

A year ago, city staff was tasked with looking into a “safe parking” program, creating a temporary homeless shelter at the former Malibu Courthouse, “the need for additional staffing to support homeless programs, outside sources of funding to support the programs and a report on successful approaches to homelessness by other cities.”

Some of those ideas have already been scuttled.

One proposal that was initially struck down was creation of a position in city government to manage issues related to the homeless. It was not approved last year and was recommended to be brought back during the special meeting.

For the agenda, background information and instructions on taking part in the meeting, click here.