My Take on the Complexities of Navigating the Homeless System

Navigating someone out of homelessness is difficult. As an example, the image above compares a flowchart of chronic homelessness with a flowchart of a nuclear reactor.

No, this is not an optical illusion — you are seeing correctly. We have made a nuclear reactor simpler than the HUD definition of chronic homelessness!

Navigating homeless clients through this complex maze of bureaucracy and red tape is why police homeless outreach teams (HOTs) are so effective: they work as system navigators to meet the needs of their clients while also reducing the burden on public resources.Please contact me ( if you would like to know how your law enforcement agency can reduce homelessness, reduce calls for service, save money and reduce your risk of litigation due to outdated strategies and policies.