On any given night, more than 4,200 people experience homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley, according to the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Despite this great need, there are limited options for temporary shelter in the San Gabriel Valley, with only two year-round homeless shelters: one in Pasadena and the other in Pomona, with few shelters between these two cities. Recognizing this lack of resources for one of the most vulnerable populations in the County, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion, authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, requesting that LA County and cities in the San Gabriel Valley identify sites they own that could be repurposed to help people who lack housing.

“Offering our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness a safe and warm bed can provide them with a sense of stability that can get them get back on their feet and can help put them on a path towards stable employment and permanent housing. Temporary housing, coupled with social services, is one effective way to help end homelessness,” said Supervisor Solis. “Each of us plays an important role in extending a helping hand to our vulnerable neighbors. By working together, LA County and cities throughout the San Gabriel Valley can identify locations that could be leveraged to increase the number of local shelters. All feasible options must be explored. I look forward to strengthening our partnerships with cities throughout the San Gabriel Valley as we work together to think innovatively and make resources more readily available for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.”

“Working with our city partners in the San Gabriel Valley, this effort will help us identify appropriate sites for interim housing and services within city jurisdictions and in unincorporated communities — particularly in the central portion of the region,” said Supervisor Barger.

Establishing more shelters in the San Gabriel Valley could help decrease the area’s homeless population, and it could provide locations where individuals could receive meals and wraparound services.

A 2018 survey conducted by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles found that nearly 70 percent of respondents indicated they support housing for individuals experiencing homelessness in their own communities. Several cities throughout the San Gabriel Valley have crafted plans to decrease homelessness in their localities and have applied for Measure H funding to help expand the number of interim and permanent housing options in their respective communities.

Today’s motion directs LA County to ask cities in the San Gabriel Valley to identify City-owned properties that could potentially be used for interim housing. The motion also directs LA County’s CEO to work with Supervisorial Districts 1, 4 and 5 to identify County-owned sites in the San Gabriel Valley that could be used for interim housing, as well as to scout sites in unincorporated areas throughout the Valley that could be locations for shelters. Recognizing the urgent need to address homelessness in the County, the CEO is also directed to provide the Board with a report back on the feasibility of potential sites within 90 days.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, 213-359-0795, or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov