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 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 Chairperson John Ledbetter.
All community members are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings of the Lodi 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 located at 215 W. Elm Street in Lodi.
On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 known as the Stay-At-Home order directing all individuals living in California to stay home or at their place of residence. Effective immediately and while social distancing measures are imposed, City facilities will be closed to the public during the Lodi Committee on Homelessness meetings. To mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all future meetings of the Lodi Committee on Homelessness will be held via teleconference. Next meeting is scheduled June 4, 2020.
Local Homeless Services in the Lodi Area
FAQs about HEAP Tiny Homes Project
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 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