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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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How to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team in 3 Easy Steps Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 – 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT As police agencies continue to struggle with more questions than answers about homelessness, many are starting homeless outreach teams (HOTs) to permanently address the problem rather than the symptoms. In the sequel to “The Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team”, attendees will learn how to develop their own team, from the ground up, covering topics such as: The building blocks of police homeless outreach How to start small and think big Making
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Note: This is a very good read authored by Iain De Jong, CEO of Orgcode, Inc. Click here for the original post. Posted by Iain De Jong 10sc on December 13, 2019 I have written about criminalization of homelessness and the likes of Salt Lake City’s Operation Rio Grande before. The ACLU of Utah has done a fantastic job analyzing Operation Rio Grande crime statistics (worth a read) and provides a cautionary tale for other communities that may be at their wits end on addressing street involved behavior and think that upping police engagement from an enforcement perspective is the way to get effective results. I
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Lack of identification for the homeless continues to be a major obstacle for jobs, housing and other services. A classic conundrum is that a client cannot obtain an ID card without a birth certificate but cannot about a birth certificate without an ID. Now what? Join me next Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:15 AM at the Florida Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando, FL where I will outline my comprehensive (but relatively easy) three-stop process that has revolutionized the ID process. Hope you can attend. More details are here: https://bit.ly/2oQ9UKQ
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Register now for the webinar “The Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team (and How)” offered FREE on these dates/times: Friday, July 19th at 11:00 AM EDT Homelessness is expensive. Each chronically homeless person on the streets of your community consumes up to $30,000 annually in public resources (such as jail stays and emergency room visits). With an effective homeless outreach team, your law enforcement agency can offer strategies, solutions and savings by: Decreasing police calls for serviceSolve problems, not symptomsDecreasing homeless arrests and incarceration ratesSaving tax dollars while reducing demands for public servicesEnhancing community relationshipsAvoiding expensive and unnecessary litigationMaking
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