Connecting the unsheltered to resources.
Sheriff's Deputies are working with community groups to help the homeless near or at the County Administration Center (CAC) in downtown San Diego.
On July 20, the Sheriff's Waterfront Park Enforcement Team (WET) partnered with the Sheriff's Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) to engage with the unsheltered and offer them resources.
They set up a temporary command post at the CAC Waterfront Park from 9:00 a.m. to noon. During the contacts, the homeless were offered a range of services such as food, housing, job programs, family reunification, drug rehabilitation and mental health services to help them rebuild and reclaim their lives.
Eight people received food stamps, cash aid, care packages and hygiene kits. Nurses with the County's Health and Human Services (HHSA) provided COVID-19 vaccinations and Narcan, a lifesaving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Clinicians with the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) were also present and made referrals to a recovery center. HHSA Social Workers will follow up on alternative housing options.
Being homeless is not a crime and HART is the Sheriff's Department's problem-solving approach to addressing a neighborhood issue. Each contact represents an opportunity to help increase the safety and well-being of our communities. To learn more about our homeless outreach and HART, click here.
Media Contact: Sgt. Paul Bonanno
Sheriff's Waterfront Park Enforcement Team