HOMELESSNESS RESOURCES FOR CITIES
The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) is leading various efforts to address homelessness within the San Gabriel Valley region. Through actions taken through the Governing Board and the Homelessness Committee, directions were given to seek funding and resources for San Gabriel Valley cities to provide services to address the immediate need and assist individuals facing homelessness.
This webpage contains resources to help member cities address issues pertaining to homelessness within their communities.
SGVCOG HOMELESSNESS PROGRAMS
On June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed the 2019 Budget Trailer bill which contained $5,625,000 in funding for homeless programs for the San Gabriel Valley to be administered by the SGVCOG. On September 10, 2019, the County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved a motion by Supervisors Barger and Solis directing the carryover of $6,000,000 in Measure H “Innovation Funds” for the County’s Councils of Governments. The SGVCOG received an allotment of $1,541,876, proportionate to the region’s share of the County’s point-in-time homeless count. SGVCOG staff subsequently worked with member agencies’ staff to develop program recommendations for the use of the funding.
City Homeless Plan Implementation
Cities that previously completed homeless plans were allocated funding based on population to implement their homelessness plans. Nineteen member cities received funding and were able to identify and implement their own programs that support their homelessness plans. Cities are using this funding to undertake a variety of activities to implement their plans, including the following:
support to local shelters and food banks
Providing resources to supplement the city prevention and diversion program.
The Pilot Programs test innovative direct homeless solutions and provide initial funding for the set-up or implementation of innovative pilot projects on a small scale. Cities are implementing the following Pilot Programs:
Arcadia: Pop-up homeless services center with restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, food, etc.
Claremont: Roommate matching program to identify residents with vacant rooms available for roommates
Covina: Mobile hygiene program with case management services
Monrovia: Emergency COVID Housing Impact Program ( “eCHIP” )
La Verne, Baldwin Park, Duarte, Irwindale, and West Covina Cohort: Green Path Career (GPC) Transition Age Youth (TAY) Workforce Development Program
Baldwin Park: Esperanza Villa 25-unit Tiny Home Pilot Program
Montebello: Operation Stay Safe 25-unit Tiny Home Pilot Program
San Gabriel Valley Landlord Incentive Program
The San Gabriel Valley Landlord Incentives Program (SGVLIP) connects rental property owners with awesome financial incentives for leasing units to tenants who are receiving rental assistance to leave homelessness. The program is managed by Union Station Homeless Services in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.
Prevention, Diversion and Rapid Rehousing
Each city was allocated $15,000 to provide resources to those at risk of falling into homelessness in order to stop the inflow into homelessness. 22 member cities are implementing Prevention and Diversion programs that include problem-solving conversations with each client to determine each client’s needs and resources and providing financial assistance if determined to prevent clients from becoming homeless.
Regional Coordination Program
The Regional Coordination Program aims to support the implementation of cities’ homeless plans by enhancing coordination between cities and service providers. Each participating city will work with the San Gabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness (SGVC) - the selected consultant for this project - and the SGVCOG to develop an action plan, with activities and resources to facilitate the implementation of the cities’ homelessness priorities.
San Gabriel Valley Mobile Crisis Program
The SGVCOG conducted a feasibility study on how such a regional homeless, mental health, and crisis response program could be developed and implemented in the San Gabriel Valley. The intended approach is similar to the long-standing Eugene, Oregon CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) program that has gained national attention. The Feasibility Study was completed in December 2021 and the SGVCOG is now pivoting toward implementation.
An initial program pilot phase will be launching in Summer 2022 in the cities of Arcadia, Montebello, San Marino and South Pasadena.
The San Gabriel Valley Mobile Crisis Program establishes alternative mobile crisis response teams to respond to and improve the outcomes of non-violent service calls and proactively engage youth on mental health. By dispatching clinicians and peer support navigators to non-violent service calls, the program will foster and build trust in communities that are calling out for change while freeing law-enforcement to respond to the types of calls they are trained to handle. The program will also proactively engage with the community around mental health resources to reduce the instance of mental/behavioral health crises from happening in the first place.
For more information, please contact Sam Pedersen at: email@example.com
San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust
The San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust (SGVRHT) was formed in February 2020 as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to finance the planning and construction of affordable and homeless housing. The SGVRHT is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors composed of elected officials from seven cities that are members of the SGVRHT and two housing and homelessness experts. The SGVRHT currently boasts 22 member cities.