About the Malibu Task Force on Homelessness
The Malibu Task Force on Homelessness (MTFH) is a group of volunteers focused on engaging and supporting a professional organization – The People Concern (formerly OPCC) – to address the many, complex needs of homeless individuals in Malibu.
Formed in February 2016 as an independent, unincorporated group of Malibu residents, MTFH is committed to compassionately addressing the serious issues associated with homelessness in Malibu. MTFH is dedicated to providing the leadership and resources to manage and eliminate the destructive consequences of Malibu’s homelessness so that the community is protected and remains safe, and so its homeless people receive compassionate, effective services with access to permanent housing.
Partnership With The People Concern
The People Concern is a highly-respected, well-established, professional organization which provides comprehensive, coordinated services to homeless individuals in nearby communities (such as Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades), as well as in many other towns and neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.
The People Concern is a leading provider of, and advocate for, evidence-based solutions to address the multifaceted challenges inherent in homelessness and domestic violence. A union of two trusted social service organizations, OPCC and Lamp Community, The People Concern is one of the largest agencies of its kind in Los Angeles County. With compassion and profound respect, The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care, including housing, mental health and medical treatment, and social services, empowering the most vulnerable among us to rebuild their lives.
Informed by more than 50 years of work in the community, The People Concern provides highly-effective, fully integrated services to the most traumatized, vulnerable, and needy among us – homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, challenged youth, indigent Veterans, and people dealing with severe physical or mental illness or substance abuse.
The People Concern began its work in Malibu on September 30, 2016, with a two-person, full-time professional outreach team, engaging homeless individuals on the streets, hillsides, and beaches of Malibu – gradually building trusting relationships with the goal of linking them to comprehensive services. The People Concern emphasizes finding permanent housing solutions, especially for the most vulnerable.
Making a Difference
MTFH is happy to report that 29 homeless Malibu residents (engaged with the Malibu Homeless Outreach Team) have successfully moved into permanent housing!
As of March 31, 2018, a total of 49 of Malibu’s homeless men and women who engaged with the Outreach Team have secured housing! (In addition to those now in permanent housing, 20 individuals have accepted interim housing.)
Additionally, 5 individuals have housing vouchers in their possession, and 12 more have been approved for such vouchers!
In all, 83 homeless Malibu residents have “enrolled” as clients (meaning they have consented to services and ongoing case management, and have completed a goal plan); 63 of these individuals continue to actively work with The People Concern to achieve their goals. A total of 96 individuals have “engaged” with the Outreach Team; 75 of these individuals remain engaged currently. (Figures reflect results through March, 2018.)
To date, 65% of currently-engaged individuals have accepted either permanent or interim housing, and are no longer living on the streets of Malibu.
In addition, many homeless residents are receiving intensive, street-based services from The People Concern’s interdisciplinary teams (including physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, substance addiction experts, and peers).
Although the efforts of The People Concern and the Malibu Task Force on Homelessness will not completely eliminate homelessness in our community, we are hopeful that this initiative, coupled with a town-wide emphasis on public safety, will continue to produce meaningful results by reducing the number of people living on our streets, beaches, and hillsides.
The safety threats that Malibu’s homeless men and women face every day are numerous, but the risks to safety are not theirs alone. The safety of everyone in Malibu is at risk when a shivering homeless individual lights a fire in a canyon encampment, when a person in need of mental health services doesn’t receive necessary treatment, or when someone struggling with drug addiction doesn’t have access to rehabilitation services. MTFH anticipates that The People Concern’s efforts in Malibu will help safeguard not only the homeless individuals served, but also the community as a whole.
Please Join Us!
The Malibu Task Force on Homelessness initially focused on its “major gifts” campaign. Because of the generosity of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the City of Malibu, and many Malibu residents, businesses, associations, and congregations, MTFH has already raised more than $500,000 toward our goal of $555,000 – the amount needed to fund The People Concern’s work in Malibu for three years.
Now we’re hoping that everyone in Malibu will get involved!
If you live, work, or play in Malibu, please consider joining us to help safeguard Malibu and our most vulnerable neighbors.
Please explore this website to learn more, and contact us with any questions you might have. Then, if you would like to help preserve and protect Malibu’s quality of life, and at the same time compassionately address the needs of our homeless residents, please DONATE NOW! (Donations are tax-deductible.)
Many thanks from the Malibu Task Force on Homelessness!