HOT Pix for Annual RPT

Homeless Outreach Team

 Pictured above: Senior Police Officer Colin Mansfield of the Homeless Outreach Team and Mr. Matthew Campbell who was homeless and who Officer Mansfield met and helped.

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, and Senior Police Officer Jaime Giraldo (at front in picture above) developed and implemented the program.

 

Program Description

HOT is comprised of one sergeant, four police officers, and three 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

 

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.

 

Houston CITYSAVVY

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