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|
|Community Improvement||(209) 333-6823|
|Graffiti Abatement||(209) 333-5570|
|Parks Maintenance||(209) 333-6888|
|Public Works (Street Division)||(209) 333-6740|
|Transient Liaison Officer firstname.lastname@example.org||(209) 333-6858|
This strategic plan was drafted by Homebase on behalf of the San Joaquin Continuum of Care. Homebase interviewed service providers, local government staff, and people experiencing homelessness for this plan, to share their experiences and provide invaluable insight. This strategic plan was adopted by all cities within San Joaquin County. The Lodi City Council adopted the plan November 2020.
City staff in collaboration with local committees and service providers are actively working towards accomplishing the goals identified within the strategic plan, including increasing access to affordable housing and development of an Access Center Shelter. More information on these projects can be found further down on this page.
What is an Access Center?
An Access Center is a low-barrier, service-enriched shelter that facilitates linkage to needed resources to help individuals and families exit the cycle of homelessness. Onsite services include intensive case management, hygiene facilities, 24/7 staffing including security, and janitorial services. An Access Center offers highly marginalized people the opportunity to regain safety and engage in supportive connections that allow them to move forward with rebuilding their lives, as well as develop pathways to permanent housing, income, healthcare, sobriety, and stability. To make sheltering more accessible, partners, pets, and possessions are allowed in a low-barrier setting. However, low-barrier does not mean low-expectations. Violence, weapons, open use of illegal substances, or disruptive behavior is prohibited within the facility.
What an Access Center is Not?
It is important to note, an Access Center is not a homeless camp. It is a safe and secure option to our unsheltered community with access to needed services necessary to progress towards a path of self-sufficiency. Security is a central component of the Access Center and consists of 24/7 monitoring of the immediate neighborhood, discourages loitering by clients, and responds promptly to any neighborhood concerns. Additionally, routine patrol of the entire Access Center campus will occur to ensure the safety and security of residents and that house rules are followed. Janitorial staff would also ensure the Access Center campus remains clean and debris free on a daily basis.
The City of Lodi is working to develop four permanent supportive housing one-bedroom units for unsheltered in our community. The project is nearing completion in the coming months. We are excited to have this project completed and look forward to more projects in the future to increase affordable, transitional, and permanent supportive housing stock within the Lodi community.
Lodi Committee On Homelessness
The Lodi Committee On Homelessness (LCOH) 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 guide on local homeless services in Lodi area (PDF). Additionally, on September 16, 2015, the Lodi City Council adopted the Report on Homelessness in Lodi (PDF), prepared by the Lodi Committee On Homelessness and Past Chairperson John Ledbetter.
All community members are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings of the Lodi Committee On Homelessness along with Meeting Facilitators Kathryn Siddle and Russ Hayward. 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 located at 215 W. Elm Street in Lodi. Currently, monthly meetings are being held via Zoom and the Link can be located on the meeting Agenda.
Local Homeless Services in the Lodi Area
SJCoC Shelter That Succeeds
The San Joaquin Continuum of Care recognizes the crisis of unsheltered homelessness. A Shelter that Succeeds means describing a possible, practical, cost-effective emergency homeless shelter, and the argument for expanding emergency shelter in San Joaquin County. The SJCoC has created a guide for consistency of any new shelter in our region.
Contact Lodi Committee On Homelessness:
City Manager Steve Schwabauer, (209) 333-6700
|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 Section 13.16.140|
|Shopping carts||LMC Chapter 9.32|
|Homeless Outreach Program (mobile outreach team provides services throughout the county) - Provides outreach services including assessment, evaluation, and linkage to appropriate programs to the homeless throughout San Joaquin County. This includes those on the street and those utilizing shelters located throughout the community.|
|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 Ninth Circuit Court decision barring citations for trespassing on public property.
On September 24, 2019, Renne Public Law Group (RPLG), a San Francisco-based law firm that represents local governments, released a press release regarding the filing of the amicus brief by 33 California cities and counties in the Boise case.
On December 16, 2019, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the City of Boise in the above referenced matter, as a result, the Ninth Circuit decision finding that the Boise’s law prohibiting camping and sleeping on public property "when no sleeping space is practically available in any shelter" within the jurisdiction violates the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
Judge rules City of Denver’s urban camping ban unconstitutional - The Colorado City will appeal ruling that the ban constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Denver Urban Camping Ban Ruling