The City's Position on Homelessness
The City’s response to homelessness is primarily focused on the safety of individuals who live, work, or attend school in Diamond Bar. It is based on the main principles of: (1) acknowledgment that homelessness is a national concern, (2) recognition that homelessness cannot be solved by a single entity; rather, it requires involvement and collaboration among various government, private, nonprofit, service, and faith-based entities, and (3) understanding that not having a home is not a crime.
With these principles in mind, the City will take the following actions:
- provide sufficient funding to the Sheriff's Department to respond to public safety issues related to homelessness
- work with the Sheriff's Department to address criminal behavior engaged in by homeless individuals, while also recognizing that some homeless individuals are vulnerable, can be easily victimized, and may be in need of County services
- conduct outreach and provide education to private property owners requesting guidance with the posting of no trespassing signs and having letters of agency on file with the Diamond Bar/Walnut Sheriff’s Station
- continue to collaborate with the County, municipalities, public agencies, and community partners to accomplish the goals presented in the County’s action plan to address homelessness
- Continue to advocate for regional solutions as outlined in County approved Measure H funding plan
Requesting Assistance with Homeless-Related Concerns
- Contact Diamond Bar City Hall by calling 909-839-7000 to report a homeless encampment or blighted area on public property, or to discuss ways to prevent makeshift shelters from being constructed on private property.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately if you witness a crime in progress, an individual who requires immediate medical attention, an individual behaving in a manner that can potentially cause harm to themselves or others or other life-threatening emergency. Non-emergency public safety matters should be reported to the Diamond Bar/Walnut Sheriff’s Station by calling 909-595-2264.
Winter Shelter Program
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) operates a winter shelter program that offers overnight shelter, meals, showers and case management services. For more information or to locate a shelter, call 800-548-6047or visit the LAHSA website.
Although the City does not provide direct services to individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, it is in contact with partner agencies that include the County of Los Angeles that has been the lead agency in addressing homelessness throughout this region.
211 LA COUNTY - This free, multilingual 2-1-1 phone line is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides information about various County services, including emergency food, counseling, and short-term housing. More information is also available online.