In 2016, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority documented 47,000 homeless people within Los Angeles County as part of its homeless count. According to the LA Times, that’s an increase of 5.7 per cent over last year’s homeless count.
On the Sept. 26, 2016 meeting, Alhambra City Manager Mark Yokoyama described a growing problem. “There’s been an increased demand for services to that population,” he said, specifying these as “health and safety issues and increased quality of life issues.”
As a result, he recommended using $200,000 of the City of Alhambra’s special CDBG program income of around $8 million to start a pilot case management program for Alhambra’s homeless population.
With this money, the city would contract with a non-profit organization to give case management services to Alhambra’s homeless for a 12-month period, or until March 31, 2018, according to the city council’s meeting agenda. Yokoyama said that this initiative is based on a partnership between Beverly Hills and the non-profit Step Up On Second, which has attempted to connect that city’s homeless population with various services.
The city council voted 4-0 to approve this measure, giving this program a chance to help this particular population in Alhambra.