The City of Norwalk 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 Norwalk will effectively address homelessness, and improve the overall quality of life for all, by implementing action-oriented solutions.
The City of Norwalk has experienced a significant increase in its total homeless population, from 256 people in 2016 to 469 people in 2017. Although Norwalk saw an increase in the City’s sheltered count the majority of the increase was in the unsheltered count that includes those living on the streets, in cars, or other places not meant for human habitation (from 159 in 2016 to 279 in 2017). This increase is similar to the increase in homelessness experienced by neighboring cities in Service Planning Area (SPA) 7, other cities across Los Angeles County, and the entire West Coast. Of those living unsheltered in Norwalk on the night of the 2017 Point In Time (PIT) Count:
• 27% (74 persons) were living outside
• 56% (155 persons) were living outside in a tent or other form of makeshift shelter
• 18% (50 persons) were living in a car, RV, or van.
Regarding those counted as sheltered, it should be noted that the City of Norwalk does not have a shelter so all sheltered persons on the night of the PIT Count were staying in motels through the provision of vouchers by the County Department of Public Social Services.
Because of the vulnerability of the homeless population and the increases in persons experiencing homelessness within the City, the City of Norwalk committed to creating a homeless plan that will guide the City over the course of 3 years with preventing and combating homelessness.
Click on the image, to the below, to see the plan.
The needs of the homeless differ, from one person to another, and some needs are more complicated than others. Below is a list of services available to the community. This information can be shared with anyone in need of support. Click on the buttons below to be redirected to the agencies website or call the phone number listed.
211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. Our 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time. Our community services go far beyond phone referrals – explore our website to learn more. If you are calling from outside Los Angeles County or cannot directly dial 2-1-1, call (800) 339-6993
A home and family for those without, Jovenes helps youth, ages 18-25, end their cycle of homelessness. We empower those we serve because we believe that homelessness does not define our youth. Our mission is to help homeless youth become active and integrated members of our community. Together we work to develop pathways for personal and professional growth so young people can move into permanent housing and make meaningful contributions to the community we share. For more information, please call: (323) 260-8035
Kingdom Causes Bellflower is a Christian Community Development Organization that firmly believes in serving all our neighbors, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or sexual identity. We strongly believe that all of us are better than any of us. We value people over program and relationships over systems. For more information, please call: (562) 804-2189
LAHSA is the lead agency in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, which is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals in Los Angeles County. Through LAHSA, funding, program design, outcomes assessment and technical assistance is provided to more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies that assist homeless persons achieve independence and stability in permanent housing. For more information, please call: (213) 225- 6581
PATH has more than 25 locations throughout California, provide services in more than 140 cities, and more than 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing completed or in the pipeline. Across the state, we help people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. For more information, please call: (323) 644-2200
The Whole Child provides comprehensive mental health services, parent enrichment and housing services to over 8,000 children and their families annually at their five (5) locations. The Whole Child focuses on children ages 0-21 years and their families in high-risk communities throughout Southeastern Los Angeles County. For more information please call: (562) 692-0383
For a complete list of Homelessness Resources, click on the image to the right.
The Norwalk Social Services Department is collecting hygiene items for persons who are experiencing homelessness. Items can be placed in a zip-lock one gallon bag and be gender specific men/women.
Kits can be dropped off at:
Norwalk Social Service Center
11929 Alondra Blvd Norwalk, CA 90650
Your support is greatly appreciated.
For more information, please call (562) 929-5544
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