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 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 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

Local Homeless Services in the Lodi Area

Local Homeless Services in Lodi Area (PDF)

FAQs about HEAP Tiny Homes Project

View FAQs about HEAP Tiny Homes Project (PDF)

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.

Draft Characteristics of Effective Shelter (PDF)

Draft Report Characteristics of Effective Shelter (PDF)

Contact Committee on Homelessness:

City Manager Steve Schwabauer, (209) 333-6700

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 Section 13.16.140
Shopping carts LMC Chapter 9.32

Other Resources

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.
(209) 468-8871
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.

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.

RPLG Files Amicus Brief in Support of Certiorari in City of Boise V. Martin (PDF)

Contact your Legislators – express your opinion now!

California State Senator
California State Assemblymembers
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
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