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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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This episode documents my 27 calls attempting to order a new Direct Express debit card for a client. Sometimes business can learn a lesson from government, along with my thoughts how the homeless also deserve exceptional customer service. Please contact me with any questions, comments or concerns: info@homelesspolice.com or visit my website at https://homelesspolice.com
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  On This Week’s Episode: A recap of our Point-in-Time count (homeless census), with a shout-out to my police colleagues, and how we share encampment data with volunteer surveyors. How the science of queue (line) management can reduce waiting times at soup kitchens, homeless agencies and other organizations that serve the homeless. This is the same science used by airlines and restaurants to reduce wait times, but includes my my low-tech (and free) ideas for implementing at your organization. Links I mentioned: Volunteers Counting Tampa’s Homeless Thursday An introduction to queue management Do you have any questions, comments or want
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If you have more questions than answers about homelessness and panhandling, and want to get some ideas about what would work in your community, consider booking a 30-minute phone or video consultation for $99.00 (or $149.00 for one-hour). From Iain DeJong, CEO, Orgcode, Inc: “One of the great examples of a police officer in the United States doing positive work to assist those who are homeless is Daniel McDonald in Tampa. His insights and knowledge of the issues of homelessness and panhandling are in such demand that in his time off he runs a consulting business (www.homelesspolice.com) dedicated to helping
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