Students will learn proven methods Broward County Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team used to end the cycle of homelessness by providing information on how to innovate, implement, and sustain social service community collaborations with law enforcement with specially trained officers. The Homeless Outreach Team is specially trained to work toward ending the cycle of homelessness by partnering with local social service providers – not to offer a handout, but to provide a helping hand so that these individuals can rebuild and reclaim their lives. People may be homeless today, but they are still our neighbors, and neighbors take care of each other. Homelessness is never a question of choice; any one of us could find ourselves homeless.
- Homeless People are not problem people, they are people with problems -Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward Sheriff’s Office
- In many cities, Pottinger vs. City of Miami has motivated the community to develop positive engagement with the Homeless
- The Broward Sheriff’s Office developed a homeless advocacy policy in conjunction with CIT and Homeless Advocacy Groups
- As many as 70% of chronic homeless are experiencing mental issues
- Crisis Homeless are people that have found themselves without a home on a temporary basis because of an illness, loss of a job, etc.
- Chronic homeless are defined as four (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years.
- For maximum effect, law enforcement must weave their crisis services into the social fabric of the community
- Regular meeting across local social services organizations is essential to developing and maintaining a Homeless Advocacy Program.
- Cost reduction can be achieved through homeless partnerships while positively impacting jail population, court backlog and hospitalization
- Homeless Intervention Team Officers must develop personal relationships with other agencies providing social services
- True diversion keeps individuals out of jail and into social services
- Intervention occurs once a homeless person is in custody and involves interventions to get them assistance
- Chronic homeless may be resistant to receiving services. Overcoming this object will require development of trust and rapport
- Ongoing problem behavior in the homeless is better addressed by attempting to identify the root cause of an issue
- Individual Case Management is essential in any Homeless Outreach Program and will often be initially provided by the law enforcement officer
- Law enforcement officers will often need to not only transport but to advocate on the behalf of a homeless citizen to get help