SAN DIEGO–The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is taking steps to tackle the growing homeless population in the San Diego region.
The Sheriff’s Department has teamed up with their community partners to provide outreach to the homeless population in the areas they serve.
In order to provide additional support to this endeavor, the Sheriff’s Department has assigned a team of deputies to work exclusively and in cooperation with county governmental and non-governmental organizations on homeless outreach and services throughout unincorporated areas of the county.
The Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) began operations on June 10 and is assigned full-time to this effort. These deputies will expand law enforcement systems and practices already in place by facilitating services to the homeless population, including medical and psychiatric wellness, food and shelter, identification and documentation needs and any public benefits access.
The Sheriff Department says the pilot project will identify the best ways to help the county’s homeless population and improve the quality of life for the citizens served by the department.