Homelessness

Concerns have been raised within the community regarding an increased presence of homeless individuals within the City. The City has taken a strategic and regional approach to address homelessness. By working with the City's regional partners, including the Committee on Homelessness, San Joaquin Continuum of Care, and Take Back Lodi, the City has begun to direct individuals experiencing homelessness to resources within San Joaquin County. The Lodi Police Department has been responsive to those concerns and continues to actively monitor incidents while respecting the rights of homeless individuals and ensuring public safety. To report incidents of concern, related to homeless individuals, please call the Police Department's non-emergency number at (209) 333-6728.

For other issues or concerns, please call:

Abandoned Auto Hotline (on City streets)(209) 333-6789
Animal Services (Animal Shelter)  (209) 333-6741
Code Enforcement(209) 333-6823
Graffiti Abatement(209) 333-5570
Parks Maintenance(209) 333-6888
Public Works (Street Division)(209) 333-6740
Transient Liaison Officer Dan Schiele
(209) 642-2735

Committee on Homelessness

The Committee on Homelessness is a community organization made up of stakeholders, community leaders, business owners, concerned citizens, and interested parties to address how to respond to the issue of increasing homelessness in the community. In April and May of 2015, two Homeless Summits were held at the Lodi Grape Festival to receive input from interested parties and homeless service organizations and advocates. A number of important outcomes resulted from those initial discussions, including the collaboration of a wide variety of homeless-related service organizations and the creation of a community resource guide (PDF). Additionally, on September 16, 2015, the Lodi City Council adopted the Report on Homelessness in Lodi (PDF), prepared by the Committee on Homelessness.

All community members are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings of the Committee on Homelessness. Unless otherwise noticed, meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m. at the Lodi Police Department ~ Rick Cromwell Community Room.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes of the Committee on Homelessness

Contact Committee on Homelessness:

City Manager Steve Schwabauer, (209) 333-6700

Lodi's Meetings on Homelessness

What has Lodi done?

It is important to know that Lodi has taken many steps leading up to today to address homelessness and low-income housing, including the following:

  • Funded Salvation Army Emergency Shelter purchase and move from Downtown (Sacramento Street) to Stockton Street.
  • Funded Hope Harbor Family Homeless shelter construction.
  • Funded Lodi House acquisition and improvements (assists approximately 15 families per year with a 60 percent success rate).
  • Assisted with funding for low income senior housing development “Hotel Lodi.”
  • Assisted with funding for low income senior housing development “Cranes Landing.”
  • Assisted with funding from repairs of low income housing at Housing Authority of San Joaquin and Lodi House.
  • First time Low Income Housing Buyers Assistance Program.
  • Added one full-time Transient Liaison Officer (TLO) and one part-time TLO.
  • Measure L will add a 2nd full-time TLO when academy and training complete.
  • Purchased police F150 to help remove litter when TLO on scene.
  • Created Transient Outreach Teams to focus on quality of life issues.
  • City Attorney’s Office dedicates 50-60 hours per month to homeless citations and prosecutions, focusing on repeat offenders (ten 10-100 day sentences of repeat offenders).
  • Relocated over 100 people in need to rehabilitation programs and family assistance.
  • Worked with Committee on Homelessness to encourage volunteer groups to end park feedings and concentrate services at Salvation Army.
  • Multiple clean-ups of Awani Drive and other City properties.
  • Worked with Take Back Lodi to make it possible for volunteers to work in public rights-of-way.
  • Worked with volunteer groups to improve homeless count to increase eligibility for aid.
  • Advocated with Assemblymember Cooper, Senator Galgiani, Caltrans, and California Highway Patrol for better control of activity at Highway 99 bridge.
  • Advocated with same groups for fencing projects that have already begun.
  • Assisted Committee on Homelessness to fund two ABC NorCal work training programs to get homeless youth trained for a trade.
  • Provided funding for Ready to Work San Joaquin homeless job training program (9 Lodi residents housed and trained).
  • Adopted shopping cart ordinance.
  • Partnered with County to create the Continuum of Care to receive and distribute grant funds.
  • Only city in county to agree to fund Countywide Homeless Outreach Coordinator.
  • One of only two cities to apply for housing grant under Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP).
  • Historically, the City allocates Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds on an annual basis for various types of social service projects that assist homeless; such as, Emergency Food Bank, Second Harvest, and Salvation Army. Projects also include repairs to existing shelters; like, Lodi House, Grace and Mercy, and Salvation Army.
  • Lodi Improvement Committee and Committee on Homelessness helped lead the effort to improve the accuracy of the Point In Time Count in 2019. This allows the City to better understand the demand for homeless services and to apply for funding.
  • Clean Parks Safe Kids Campaign with more frequent park maintenance.
  • Expired tag towing program.

City Resources

Activity Lodi Municipal Code Reference
Aggressive solicitation prohibited LMC Section 9.15.020
Alcoholic beverage—open container in public LMC Section 9.04.010
All solicitation prohibited at specified locations LMC Section 9.15.030
Animals (entire ordinance) LMC Title 6
Animals at large LMC Section 6.12.120
Living or sleeping in camp cars or trailers LMC Section 15.52.170
Noise regulation LMC Chapter 9.24
Parking for consecutive period of seventy-two hours—Prohibited LMC Chapter 10.44.030
Public urination or defecation LMC Chapter 9.04.030
Recreational areas, Article II, general rules LMC Chapter 12.12
Removal of recyclable material prohibited LMC 13.16.140
Shopping carts LMC Chapter 9.32

Other Resources

League of California Cities 2018 Homelessness Task Force Report (PDF)


Current Issues Relating to Homelessness

There are bills working their way through the State legislature that play a role on how well municipalities can effectively address the homeless situation. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these and express your opinion with your local legislative representatives. Here are some to keep an eye on:

AB516 (Chiu) Authority to Remove Vehicles – This bill would eliminate the ability for the City to adequately enforce state and local vehicle violations. It would eliminate enforcement tools to address motorists who disregard basic laws designed to benefit our entire community. Specifically, the measure would eliminate the ability for the City of Lodi to “immobilize,” or place a boot on a vehicle, for motorists who have five or more unpaid parking tickets; remove vehicles with expired registration that are operating illegally; and remove vehicles in violation of parking time restrictions. The City of Lodi sent an opposition letter to AB516 on July 16, 2019.

Robert Martin, et al. v. City of Boise, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – On August 7, 2019, City Council approved filing an appellate brief to challenge the 9th Circuit Court decision barring citations for trespassing on public property.

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