Santa Monica Releases 2023 Homeless Count Results

May 4, 2023 3:21 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Today, the City of Santa Monica released the results of the 2023 Homeless Count held in January. The results show that 926 people experiencing homelessness were counted in Santa Monica, an overall increase of 15 percent from the 807 individuals counted during the City’s 2022 Homeless Count.

Compared to last year’s results, 73 more individuals were counted on the street and in vehicles, and 46 more individuals were counted in the Shelter and Institutional count, which consists of emergency motels, shelters, hospitals and the Santa Monica jail.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is expected to release the results of the 2023 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count between June and September of this year, which will provide context for Santa Monica’s results within the County. Preliminary analysis suggests that multiple factors may have contributed to this year’s increase. As noted in 2022, the 11 percent decrease in overall homelessness in 2022 as compared to 2020 was due to the significant reduction in the local shelter capacity following COVID-19 public health guidance. In 2022, the number of individuals counted on the street and in vehicles increased by approximately 1%. As public health guidelines eased, shelter capacity increased, allowing more individuals to obtain shelter beds than in 2022.

Additionally, while local shelter capacity has increased since the 2022 Count, the temporary regional motel shelter capacity implemented during the pandemic continued to wind down, including the 50-room Project Roomkey facility in Venice. This regional demobilization and decrease in the availability of motel rooms may have contributed to an increase in demand on local shelters, which increased shelter counts, and possibly the street count as individuals were displaced from neighboring motels.

“Addressing homelessness is a top priority for the City Council,” said Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis. “It is an absolute tragedy that more than 66,000 people are experiencing homelessness in LA County, and Santa Monica remains committed to doing our part to advocate for our most vulnerable community members and connect them to housing and services.”

“Acknowledging the urgent need to address the mounting impacts of homelessness, the Council declared a Local Emergency on Homelessness on February 14, 2023,” said Santa Monica City Manager David White. “This action, combined with an infusion of funds from the passage of Measures CS and GS, will allow us to seize this moment of public support to expand and implement evidence-based best practices and cut through obstacles both internally and in working with our regional partners.”

City Initiatives to Address Homelessness

Recent Accomplishments in Addressing Homelessness in Santa Monica

Looking Ahead to FY 2023-25 Investments

City staff will present a comprehensive update on homelessness to the City Council and community at a regular meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. The update responds to questions and concerns brought forward by the Council and the community, and will help the Council consider investments for the FY 2023-25 budget including:

These responsive solutions combine with longer-term strategies such as developing a Homelessness Strategic Plan, working regionally to increase the supply of affordable housing, and pursuing a strategy to address behavioral health to comprise the City’s comprehensive approach to homelessness.

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