Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis that impacts every community; and cooperatively addressing homelessness is a City Council priority.
Our charge is to serve as a convener, to provide community leadership, and develop and implement strategies that link people with resources. We work to enforce local regulations; and to help businesses and residents understand homelessness, their role, ways to contribute, and how law enforcement can help.
While the City does not provide direct services, we work closely with local and regional service providers.
Join us for a Community Conversation and learn more about how you can get involved in helping those who need it most.
Local resources for people experiencing homelessness focus on immediate needs and include shelters through a faith-based collaborative, hot meals and food pantries. Our primary goal is to link people with comprehensive services that can address complex challenges and move individuals out of homelessness.
Call 2-1-1 or text "211211" day or night and a live operator will help to connect you with local social service resources.
Please say no to panhandlers.
It's natural to want to help, but giving to panhandlers keeps them from connecting with services and may contribute to a continued life on the streets.
Moving out of homeless takes integrated support and resources; by supporting long-term solutions, you can help make a difference.
Say yes to charity, no to panhandling because:
- It keeps people from connecting with available resources
- It may be supporting drug or alcohol addition
- It creates friction with local businesses
- It takes the focus off lasting solutions
- It encourages more panhandling
- It further isolates individuals experiencing homelessness
If you see or experience a dangerous situation, please call 9-1-1.
To report an individual in need of help, contact:
Senior Deputy Danny Lopez
Deputy Tom Fuchs
or call the Sheriff's non-emergency line (805) 654-9511
For issues on or impacting City property, you can submit a concern to the City online and we will follow up with you.