The increase in crime and homelessness this year in Santa Monica has been a bigger problem than usual. The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) receives close to 3,000 non-emergency calls per month regarding a homeless person. In 2017 Santa Monica had a homeless population increase by 26%. To be fair, most surrounding cities also have had a significant increase this past year. Some blame the Expo Line train and the development of DTLA’s skid row which has pushed homeless people out of that area. Last November Measure H, a .25% sales tax increase, was passed by voters in an effort to raise funds that will directly be spent on homeless needs. In addition, Proposition HHH was also passed, a $1.2 billion bond. Residents are demanding change and the City of Santa Monica is listening. At their last meeting on November 28th the City approved an action-plan to fix the problem by partnering with these organizations.
The Saint Joseph Center program has an outreach team on the streets engaging with the homeless community on a personal level daily and they found through trust they are able to assist those in need by getting them the right therapy (detox, substance abuse, medication, vaccines, etc.) including temporary housing. The final step in the process is finding permanent homes and long-term support plus treatment.
Santa Monica is adding a full-time social worker at local Libraries to assist in outreach and to help train staff. In addition, the Fire Department and SMPD officers will receive extensive training on how to better engage with the homeless community and will also broaden their Homeless Liaison Program. Funds from Measure H will pay for the extra staff and services.
West Coast Care
West Coast Care, founded in 2006, helps connect homeless individuals with a family member or other needed resources. They have had great success helping close to 25,000 people. The key is achieving a trustworthy relationship with the individual. They connect people with Santa Monica services such as hospitals, churches and businesses so that each person on the street gets the proper care that they need.
Project Homecoming is just that! The service has reunited over 2,000 individuals with family members that are willing to provide long term housing for their less fortunate loved one. The program will follow up with the family to be sure the individual is still in the care of their family member and not back on the street.
The City of Santa Monica is still a safe place to live, regardless of recent reports and data as of late.
In real estate news, there are two new listings:
711 12th Street – Mediterranean home built in 1989. Not updated. 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, approximately 4,106 square feet. Nice backyard with hardscape area, grassy lawn and detached garage with a basement. Listed for $3,799,000. Last sold November 14, 1990 for $1,350,000.
534 21St Street – 1930’s one story Spanish home with lots of original character, 3 bedrooms and 2.75 baths, with detached bonus room; approximately 2,058 square feet. Located in the Gillette Regent Square. Last sold December 8, 2005 for $2,477,500.
Three properties went into escrow this past week:
235 19th Street – Newly constructed 6 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms over 8,000 square feet. Full basement with wine cellar and movie theatre. Backyard with swimming pool and spa. Listed for $8,699,000! Last sold June 1, 2012 for $3,200,000.
238 19th Street – Listed for $6,295,000! Well-crafted with designer finishes, newly completed with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths plus and additional exterior pool bath. Stunning modern farmhouse with a lovely backyard pool and spa. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.
621 21st Place – Traditional home with an ideal floor plan! 4 bedrooms with en-suite baths plus a powder room. Multiple options downstairs, award winning landscaped backyard including a detached 2-car garage with attached guest room and half bath. Listed for $4,349,000. Last sold June 5, 1987 for $1,050,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.
One closed MLS sale to report:
727 21st Place – 3 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms. Sold for $3,600,000.
Here is some Montana Avenue DIRT.
· 1210 Montana Avenue #B is available for lease, Benefit Cosmetics is not closing they are just downsizing and forfeiting the space next door. The space is 833 square feet for $6,600 per month.
· 929 Montana Avenue retail/gym space is for lease. Currently the UpRise Classical Pilates location. Approximately 1,758 square feet available for $11,691 per month.
Call me for a couple of upcoming attractions – including one on La Mesa, that are not yet listed in the MLS, priced from $1.9 million to $16 million. And….here are a few that we have listed in the MLS:
1125 Harvard Street – Builder Opportunity, $2,280,000
426 Mesa Road – Vacant Land, $1,440,000