Homelessness Response Plan
City’s Homelessness Response Plan
In collaboration with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG), the City of Diamond Bar developed its Homelessness Response Plan to guide efforts to address the needs of people experiencing and at-risk of homelessness within the city. The Plan lays out shared community goals and action steps to increase awareness of homelessness resources within the community, promote increased housing connections for people in need of affordable units, encourage affordable housing development and preservation, and further relationships with the regional and Los Angeles Countywide partners.
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 focus on implementing the following Plan goals:
- Increase community awareness of homelessness, housing instability, and available response resources.
- Continue to partner with the SGVCOG’s Landlord Outreach, Education, and Incentive program to further advance strategies to maximize housing opportunities for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
- Promote affordable housing development and preservation through regional efforts such as the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust.
- Participate in ongoing regional and countywide strategies to develop a more robust regional service delivery system to prevent and address homelessness.
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 and LAHSA’s LA HOP referral program.
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.