The City of Azusa’s population in the 2010 census was 46,346, and the 2016 estimate is 49,628. The homeless count in Azusa has increased from 23 in 2015 to 321 in 2019, yet it is known that there are many more in the canyons that are not included in those counts. The completion of the Metro Gold Line with its last two stops in Azusa, brought in more of the homeless population to Azusa. The City is experiencing firsthand, the multitude of issues from the homeless population The Police Department has experienced an increase in calls for service related to the homeless. In addition the Library has also seen a rise in patrons who are homeless seeking services in or around the Azusa community.
On June 13, 2017, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved Measure H funding allocations in support of the County’s Homeless Initiative, strategies to prevent and combat homelessness in the County. On September 18, 2017, the City submitted a grant application for the 2017 City Homeless Planning Grant through the Home for Good Funders Collaborative. On October 23, 2017, the City received notice that its application had been selected for an award of $50,000 to develop a locally specific City Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness (City Plan). The City Plan aligns with the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Strategies where possible, aiming to achieve mutual goals.
In January of 2019 the cities of Covina, Azusa, Duarte, Glendora and West Covina (Five Cities) have been selected for a grant award under the 2018 Cities’ Homelessness Plan Implementation Request for Proposal for Measure H funds. A total of $343,250 for award under Priority Area 2: Enhance County service systems for those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
This Five Cities grant that will provide Centralized Entry System (CES) assessment and intake, housing navigation / intensive case management services for homeless persons in the East San Gabriel Valley. One housing navigator will be housed in each of the Five Cities, but they will also all work collaboratively in the ESGV, especially for efforts with a larger scope and when the mobilization of housing navigators will be more effective.
On May 31, 2019 the City of Azusa was selected for the following additional award under the 2018 Cities’ Homelessness Plan Implementation Request for Proposal. A total of $111,000 selected for award under Priority Area 2: Enhance County service systems for those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
Our City's individual grant will build capacity to reduce the impact of homelessness by expanding on the work of the library-based Neighborhood Connections program to establish a community-wide approach to homeless solutions and better route for community members experiencing homelessness into the Coordinated Entry System.
We will also hire a part-time Homeless Services Coordinator who will coordinate citywide efforts to achieve the goals of the City’s homelessness plan and serve as the liaison between City and County departments, the Azusa Police Department, Azusa Unified School District, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, and the business and faith communities, schools and universities, and residents. It will also fund the co-location of a Housing Navigator through Union Station or another provider to work with households referred through the Neighborhood Connections program and other City departments, two days a week.
Contact UsNeighborhood Connections at the Azusa Library
Anyone experiencing homelessness in our region, and/or concerned residents/business owners that would like to call for non-emergency services for a particular individual are encouraged to call our Hotline number or email us. If you get our voicemail, please leave a detailed message with your name, a call back number, your location, and we'll call you back as soon as possible!
Hotline: (626) 812-5100
Mental Health Evaluation Team
The City of Azusa, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, is proud to provide mental evaluation services through compassionate field intervention.
If you would like to request MET services, please call our Police Department Dispatch Center at: (626) 812-3200.
Azusa Community Resource Guide
Neighborhood Connections Flyer
Los Angeles County Strategies
City Plan to Combat Homelessness
Homeless Resource Fair Every Thursday
Portable Shower Schedule
East San Gabriel Valley Health Neighborhood Directory
This portal serves as a way for citizens to request services for homeless individuals in need of resources. It is not meant to be a tool to report criminal activity or emergency services. Outreach is restricted to the "literally homeless" defined as "an individual that has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation."
Director of Information Technology and Library Services
Phone: (626) 812-5024