Malibu Declares Local Emergency Over Homelessness, LASD Continues Homeless Cleanups

The Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD) is preparing to deploy members of the Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) to Malibu after the city council declared a local emergency over homelessness last week. Malibu’s City Council unanimously approved the resolution to declare a state of local emergency over the city’s homeless encampments, and to create a program to address the potential fire and safety hazards on Aug. 23. “To prevent the occurrences of fire and loss of life and property, homeless encampments are prohibited in areas designated as a VHFHSZ [very high fire hazard severity zone] in Malibu,” the resolution stated. Since the beginning of 2021, there have been 17 fires in Malibu attributed to homeless encampments, according to the resolution. As of Aug. 23, the entire city of Malibu was considered to be under high risk. In January 2020, LAHSA reported that 239 homeless people were living in Malibu. “As …

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