Homeless Outreach Team

Photo by Senior Police Officer Matt Fowler, Houston Police Photo Lab

Pictured above are the Houston Police Department officers and mental health personnel from The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD that comprise the Homeless Outreach Team.


The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) started as a pilot program in January 2011. It was made a permanent program in the department after a very successful six-month pilot. Sergeant Stephen Wick, the team’s current supervisor, developed and implemented the program.


Program Description

HOT is comprised of one sergeant, two officers, and one mental health professional from The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. The team helps the homeless with the following:

  • Housing
  • Social Security cards
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Shelter referrals
  • Medical equipment
  • Employment
  • Bus fare
  • Medical care
  • Mental health treatment



The team works with several organizations. The following are a few:

  • SEARCH Homeless Services
  • Lord of the Streets
  • Bread of Life
  • Palmer Way Station
  • Star of Hope
  • Salvation Army
  • Healthcare for the Homeless
  • US Vets
  • DeGeorge Veterans Housing
  • Main Street Minitries
  • Goodwill



To  obtain housing for the chronic homeless.



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