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Homeless Outreach Team

Pictured above left to right: Officer Janice Terry, Case Manager Deirdre Charles, Sergeant Stephen Wick, Senior Officer Jaime Giraldo. Photo by Senior Officer Matt Fowler, Houston Police Photo Lab.

History

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 Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) of Harris County. 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

 

Collaboration

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

 

Goal

To  obtain housing for the chronic homeless.