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The city of Santa Clarita’s homeless population increased from 156 people in 2018 to 256 people in 2019, according to city-level data from the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released Friday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Although the number of people experiencing homelessness in Santa Clarita has grown in the last year, it remains lower than the number from 2016, which was 279.

The increase in the population this year is a step toward a better understanding of the baseline number of individuals experiencing homelessness in the community.

“This last year has been extremely pivotal in the resources and attention directed toward helping those who are experiencing homelessness in our community,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “All the pieces are falling into place, to not only provide the resources and services necessary but also to truly understand the scope of the issue.”

This baseline will be used by local service providers to more accurately measure the impact of positive actions taken by the Santa Clarita City Council and the Community Task Force on Homelessness to combat and prevent homelessness.

The Task Force is made up of more than 30 key stakeholders in Santa Clarita. The group partners to complete the action items identified in the Community Plan to Address Homelessness. Action items within the plan are grouped into five categories: Preventing Homelessness; Increasing Income; Subsidized Housing; Increasing Affordable/Homeless Housing; and Create Local Coordination.

“The increased number is not surprising,” said Mayor Pro Tem and Chairman of the Community Task Force on Homelessness Cameron Smyth. “All providers knew the 2018 count was artificially low and we made a concerted effort in 2019 to have more accurate numbers. Through the Homeless Task Force, we continue to reform the process in Santa Clarita in order to establish as accurate a count as possible, and ensure the homeless members of our community get the resources they need.”

Bridge to Home, the primary homeless services provider in the Santa Clarita Valley, is for the first time ever, providing year-round shelter services.

“Bridge to Home is making major strides toward a permanent, year-round facility, but obstacles remain,” said Executive Director Michael Foley. “Finding a way to do a more accurate homeless count is paramount to know what services are needed. Improvements to the counting procedure are being developed by the Community Task Force on Homeless, in coordination with a team from UCLA.”

The city of Santa Clarita continues to take an active role in addressing issues that lead to homelessness and working with local service providers to assist those in need. In the last year, the city has received $375,000 in Measure H funding from the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, to implement plans and programs to combat and prevent homelessness.

To learn more about the city of Santa Clarita’s efforts to combat homelessness in the community, visit santa-clarita.com/homeless.

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  1. Susie Evans says:

    I am sure that does not include the homeless living outside the city limits. I think a conservative number for outside the city limits would be 100 or so.

  2. Dennis valentino says:

    Try more like 2000 homeless people those counts are not accurate at the very least there are 1500 You just dont know they are there because they stay out of site.They are terrified of the sherrifs here in scv The way they are treated is so wrong.This will only continue to get worse the criminals running our local and federal governments have destroyed california.One trillion dollars in debt im leaving this state its a joke.Demoncrats can have this peice of crap.

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