The city of Palmdale and its partners will begin a homeless study outreach program that will run through March 22.

Funded by a $50,000 grant from Los Angeles County through Measure H funding, the outreach program will consist of eight teams working concurrently to make contact with homeless people who are on the street, in temporary housing, or living in RVs and cars. The goal is to interview the individuals and complete comprehensive surveys that will help the city of Palmdale formulate a homeless plan to combat homelessness within the city. The ultimate goal is to have zero homelessness in our community.

The community partners participating in the outreach effort are Advancing Communities Together, Palmdale Victory Outreach, AV YouthBuild, Antelope Valley Partners for Health, Mental Health America, Valley Oasis, Salvation Army, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES). The consulting firm of LDM and Associates will be providing technical assistance in the preparation of the homeless plan.

There will be three community meetings held over the course of the outreach program for the public to attend and learn more about the program and the outreach results.  The meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at Victory Outreach Church, 37419 25th St. East; Tuesday, March 13 at AV YouthBuild Campus, 38626 9th St. East;  and Thursday, March 22 at the Highlands Church, 39625 20th St. West. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 pm. The community is encouraged to attend and meet with the various service providers and to share their thoughts and opinions while learning more about what the City does to combat homelessness through prevention and to assist those in need.

A community survey is also available on the city’s website, Residents are encouraged to take the survey, which is available in English and Spanish and share their thoughts and opinions which will be used to develop the City homeless plan.

For more information, contact Palmdale’s Neighborhood Services Department at (661) 267-5126 and ask for Stacey Andrews or Mike Miller.