Progress Thus Far

Task Force Subcommitees

The Santa Clarita Community Task Force on Homelessness is categorized into four sub-committees to develop programmatic efforts and establish action items geared to the goals in the Community Plan. The sub-committees are Affordable Housing, Direct Services, Increasing Income, and Prevention & Coordination. Below are a list of their notable achievements in 2020: 

Plan Priorites

Comprehensive analysis of local homeless services agencies and strategic planning sessions conclude that the most urgent areas of focus include:

      • A Year-Round Emergency Shelter
      • Affordable Housing Options
      • Enhancing Mental Health Services
      • A More Accurate Homeless Count
      • Improved Opportunities For Collaboration
      • Centralized Leadership and Organization

Affordable Housing

  • Bridge to Home, a non-profit 501 (c )(3) corporation, offers help for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Santa Clarita Valley. Services are provided by experienced social service professionals and housing navigators in our Homeless Services Access Center and in the Drayton Street shelter. With space for 60 residents, the shelter is open 365/24/7. Staff and volunteers help our homeless neighbors access and retain housing by addressing the conditions and causes of homelessness. BTH served 1,040 individuals and housed 88 individuals and households in 2018-19.
  • The City of Santa Clarita granted Bridge to Home $22,298.60 for the Shared Housing Program that they are incubating. Read about the grant process here!

Educational webinars have been launched to educate local landlords and property managers on PATH’s LeaseUp Program.

  • Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley has acquired a house for transitional housing with 3 families staying in residence.  
  • The City of Santa Clarita Approve a property transfer of a 30,000 square foot parcel of city-owned land with an estimated value of $1.6 million to Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley. The land will be converted into four two-bedroom apartments and an administrative office that will be used for counseling services and programs. 
  • Read more about the new Family Promise Affordable Housing Development here!

$300,00 grant was obtained from Measure H to develop a comprehensive plan and two positions dedicated to coordinating efforts. $22,999 has been committed to increase the supply of affordable housing through Shared Housing SCV.

Sisters in Time has morphed into Shared Housing SCV – the program has received $22,999 from the an Innovating Funding grant from LA County Homeless Initiative. 

Direct Services

The Direct Services subcommittee are in correspondence with the Tarzana Detox Center to bring in services to clients in Santa Clarita services. 

In collaboration with the City of Santa Clarita Transit Division, an 8-day transportation survey was conducted to unhoused clients at the Newhall Community Center as part of the Go! Santa Clarita re-launch. 

  • The City of Santa Clarita bus passes were provided for 120 students.
  • School districts have increased the number of social workers are school sites.
  • Homeless students were sent home with backpack full of snacks every Friday from SCV backpacks.
  • Meal vouches were provided for 200 families from Jersey Mike’s.

Increasing Income

Homeless individuals have been linked to benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), California ‘s Medicaid Program (MEDI-CAL), or Veteran Benefits via Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Department of Public Social Services, and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. 

A database of job-listing is underway featuring companies with homeless and formerly-homeless inclusive opportunities. 

  • College of the Canyons has opened non-credit courses to provide free education courses to low-income and homeless students. 
  • College of the Canyons offers career counseling and assistance service through their Career Center.
  • Job preparation and hygiene needs are provided by several current homeless service providers. 

Prevention and Coordination

  • Steps have been taken to identify at-risk families within the school districts in the City of Santa Clarita. After creating a questionnaire for local school districts, the William S. Hart Union High School District has identified at least 800 students within their school district that are homeless. As a result, Family Resource centers were established on numerous schools with the community. 
  • School districts have launched programs to address chronic absenteeism.
  • Mental health and wellness centers have been created at school across the William S. Hart Union School District. 
  • The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Services Team has expanded its presence and collaboration in Santa Clarita.