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The Center for Court Innovation invites you to join law enforcement and housing policy experts in conversation with police executives as they discuss the relationship between police and people experiencing homelessness. As the nation grapples with our current health and justice crises, we invite you to join our panel in discussing how we got here and how coming together to share the solutions may guide a way forward. Panelists will discuss the history of the intersection of policing and homelessness, current discussions around this relationship, and recommendations from policy experts in paving a path forward. Panelists: Nicola Smith-Kea, Ph.D, Criminal
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Should the police be involved in social issues such as homelessness, mental illness and addictions. In a perfect world, no. But we are not in a perfect world. In this episode, I discuss my role in police homeless outreach and why it works:
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Defunding the police is an idea that has gained momentum. In this episode I discuss why this is a bad idea and what society would be like without the police. Links I mentioned: There’s a growing call to defund the police. Here’s what it means The Social Contract
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Amy Varle checks in from Manchester, England to discuss social housing, homeless pet policies, COVID-19 and her own journey from homelessness to Number 10 Downing Street. Amy Varle from Manchester, England is one of the most brilliant entrepreneurs and homelessness experts in the UK She is a leading voice and advocate for Housing First In 2016, Amy was awarded a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust She published “Social Property Investment : Pioneering strategies for 21st century homelessness prevention and response” On 25 January 2018, she presented her report to Prime Minister Theresa May Amy herself was made
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COVID-19 SPECIAL OFFER: REGISTER FOR ANY OF THESE WEBINARS (INCLUDING Q&A SESSION) FOR $49 EACH The Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team The state of homelessness is getting worse, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development highlighted the magnitude of the issue reporting that more than half a million Americans are homeless at any given night. Homelessness is typically addressed by arresting the homeless – an approach that doesn’t quite solve the problem. More and more police departments are now employing a more solution-focused effort through Homeless Outreach Teams. The secret to this approach:
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NewsRadio WFLA’s Felix Vega interviews Tampa Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Officer Dan McDonald on how they are partnering with Catholic Charities to open 100-person tent camp to provide temporary shelter, while working to find homeless residents permanent housing and services while also coping with their day-to-day fears about the Coronavirus in another vulnerable population:
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Register for this FREE webinar on Thursday, 04/16/20 at 1 PM ET. I also be discussing responses to homelessness during COVID-19 along with your questions and answers: Saving Money While Saving Lives: Building a Business Case for a Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)
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Even in challenging times there is hope. The Voices of Our City Choir have raised homeless San Diegans’ voices through their performances and advocacy. What started as a grassroots effort has blossomed into a choir with about 160 regular participants who have performed at a slew of events and even collaborated with the San Diego Symphony”. John Brady checks in from San Diego to discuss music, advocacy, life during COVID-19 as well as how has become a leading voice for the homeless in San Diego.
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Note: This article was published on PoliceOne.com on 03/23/20. You can read the full version here: https://bit.ly/2WCDF0o Police agencies with homeless outreach teams (HOTs) are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on how they perform homeless outreach and are wondering how the pandemic should alter their response. Homeless outreach officers can permanently solve problems by linking the homeless with shelter, housing, healthcare and income-producing opportunities, as well as treatment for addictions and behavioral health conditions. During COVID-19, these officers should continue, or even expand, their engagement with the homeless population while temporarily transitioning from a problem-solving model to a public health
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