The Sheriff's Homeless Outreach Proactive Enforcement Team (H.O.P.E.) housed its 2,000th homeless person on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
The H.O.P.E. team was created by Sheriff John McMahon in January of 2014 to address quality of life issues across San Bernardino County. The team uses a community policing philosophy to work with the homeless population throughout the county.
The H.O.P.E. Team works with service providers, county departments and cities to link homeless individuals to services to move them beyond homelessness. Over the past six years the H.O.P.E. team has worked at the federal, state and local levels to build a successful program that has been replicated across the country.
On Sept. 30, the team located a family of six living in their vehicle in the city of San Bernardino. Utilizing donations, they were able to immediately place the family in a motel for the night and provide them groceries. The family was then linked to service providers to maintain a safe place to stay and connected to long-term housing.
With this family, the H.O.P.E. Team has placed 2,000 homeless individuals into housing programs across the county. The H.O.P.E. Team has contacted over 10,000 homeless individuals since its inception, providing assistance to over 4,100 persons.
According to the sheriff’s department, this monumental number of individuals housed is only because of the great partners across the county, from service providers to county departments and the support of the Board of Supervisors.