The City of Lynwood continues to dedicate itself to combating homelessness, especially with the increases in persons experiencing homelessness within the City, County and State. By working with agencies, and local groups, the City of Lynwood will effectively address homelessness, and improve the overall quality of life for all, by implementing action-oriented solutions.
Homelessness has increased across the Nation, the State of California, and Los Angeles County and the City of Lynwood between 2016 and 2020. In response to dramatic increases in homelessness, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative (HI) in 2016. Developed through a collaborative process with community and government partners, the HI is a collection of strategies, created to forge effective partnerships and get real results in reducing homelessness. The County committed an initial $100 million to launch these strategies.
In March 2017, voters approved Measure H, the landmark ¼ percent sales tax increase to provide an ongoing revenue stream – an estimated $355 million per year for ten years — to fund services, rental subsidies and housing. It is designed to fund a comprehensive regional approach to:
- Prevent homelessness
- Subsidize housing
- Increase income
- Provide case management and services
- Create a coordinated system and
- Increase affordable and homeless housing
On June 13, 2017, the Board allocated $2,500,000 in one-time funding from the County General fund to support coordination efforts of the Councils of Governments and planning efforts for cities in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care. The City of Lynwood did not create a homeless plan during that funding cycle. On September 4, 2018, the Board approved $9 million in funding to implement components of the cities’ homelessness plans. Only those cities that submitted plans adopted by their City Councils were eligible to apply for this funding.
The Gateway Cities Council of Governments (GCCOG) convenes member cities to develop collaborative strategies around common regional issues, including homelessness. The City of Lynwood is an active member of the GCCOG. Annual funding from the County is awarded to GCCOG to provide programs to assist people experiencing homelessness in the Service Planning Area (SPA) 7 region. In February 2020, $2,057,235 in Measure H funds was awarded to the GCCOG. The GCCOG used a portion of these funds to retain a consultant (Cicco Solutions) to assist cities in the region with the creation of Homelessness Plans. The GCCOG has offered Cicco Solutions to assist the City with the creation of a Homelessness Plan for Lynwood
A Homelessness Plan would benefit the City, as it would better inform and guide the City’s homeless strategy, strengthen partnerships, coordinate resources, and open the City to wider funding opportunities. The development of the Homelessness Plan would occur over a four-month period, which will include a City Council Vision meeting, three community input meetings and the development of priorities and strategies that will develop the framework for the City’s plan. The input sessions and meetings will be essential to identifying goals and outcomes that is important to City that will guide action plans and implementation strategies.
|June 28 – July 12||● Review City documents and plans (i.e., past and current Fair Housing and 5-year Consolidated Plan).
● Review and complete project plan with critical components and timeline.
● Prepare for City Council Presentation.
● Set dates for Community Input Sessions.
|Week of July 12||● Send notices for Community Input sessions.
● Send documents needed for the City Council Visioning Session.
|July 20||● City Council presentation on homeless planning process.|
|July 21||● Homeless Site visit by Consultant to City of Lynwood.|
|July 27||● Presentation and meeting with the Planning Commission.|
|July 28||● Meet with Citizen Advisory Committee|
|August 12, 14 and 18||● Virtual Community Input Sessions|
|September 1||● Presentation and meeting with CDBG Advisory Board.|
|September 6||● Review summaries, findings and draft recommendations for the City Homeless Plan.|
|September 9||● City of Lynwood Community Input Session – In Person|
|September 13||● Consultant to submit draft homeless plan for review|
|September 21||● Present draft recommendations to City Council|
|September 30||● Submit final homeless plan to City of Lynwood|
|October 19- November 1||● Final adoption of the homeless plan|
Homeless Plan Input Survey
In an effort to be more responsive to those concerns and to develop ways to assist with this ongoing issue, the City is gathering community feedback. Input provided in this online survey will be reviewed as part of developing a Homeless Plan for the City of Lynwood.
The City of Lynwood appreciates your time in taking this short survey, as we continue efforts to ensure public safety while also respecting the rights of persons experiencing homelessness and adhering to state and federal laws.
Link to the survey: English
Link to the survey: Spanish
Following are additional resources for persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
211 LA maintains a database of approximately 50,000 health and social services available to Los Angeles County residents for free or low cost. These services include housing, transportation, employment, legal assistance, mental health, food and more. Referral services are offered 24-hours a day by phone or online.
By phone: dial 2-1-1
Homeless Outreach Portal
If you see a homeless neighbor who needs help, visit www.LA-HOP.org to request support and an outreach team will be dispatched. Outreach capacity is limited and requests for those with more serious medical and/or mental health needs may be prioritized.
Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS)
HOPICS’ provides a full range of social services for clients including temporary housing.
Phone: (323) 948-0444
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)
LAHSA administers federal, state, and local funding to almost 100 service providers and coordinates the annual Point in Time Count. LAHSA’s Homeless Engagement Team (HET) provides direct outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness. HET members travel throughout Los Angeles County and build personal relationships with their clients. HET members provide linkages to resources available for the homeless such as referrals to shelter and transportation. HET members work closely with City and County departments and represent LAHSA at community meetings and events, educating the public about services available in the City and or County of Los Angeles for people experiencing homelessness.
Phone: (213) 225-6581
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)
PATH providers who offers services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and serious mental illness, or use the following helplines, online directories, and support organizations to connect with assistance.
Phone: (323) 644-2200
Union Station Homeless Services
Union Station Homeless Services offers shelter, food, case management, referrals, substance abuse recovery, mental health services, health screening, dual-diagnosis group, employment and legal assistance for the homeless, mentally ill, and adults and families.
Phone: (626) 240-4550
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America offers a number of assistance programs as well as social services to the needy, seniors, low income families, and the homeless. Resources range from housing to shelter, supportive communities as well as basic needs among other programs. The VOA near you will also focus on assisting veterans, the mentally or physically disabled, as well as at risk youth among others. Financial assistance may be offered on a limited basis; however, a number of other resources can provide referrals, counseling, and case management.
Stay Housed L.A. County – Promoting Tenants’ Rights
Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles and local community and legal services providers that can provide resources you need to know your rights and the legal assistance to back them up.
Phone: (888) 694-0040
Fair Housing Foundation (FHF)
The FHF provides free fair housing services and is available to answer questions about landlord-tenant laws or housing discrimination.
Phone: (800) 446-3247
United Way Everyone In LA
Homelessness information website hosted by United Way.
The City of Lynwood has compiled the above list as an informational resource for the community. While every effort was made to ensure accuracy, the City shall not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Updated August 2021