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HOPE Team Conducts Operation Shelter Me in the City of Adelanto and Surrounding Unincorporated Areas

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — On Friday, February 2, 2024, from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Community Service & Reentry Division, Homeless Outreach Proactive Enforcement Team (H.O.P.E.) conducted “Operation Shelter Me” in the city of Adelanto and surrounding unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Operation Shelter Me aims to connect staff with unhoused residents and offer them housing, medical, and mental health treatment services.

During this operation, the team focused on those with the most significant mental illness to get those individuals linked to restorative mental health pathways.

The H.O.P.E. Team located 26 individuals experiencing homelessness. The team was able to link a mother and daughter who recently became unhoused to bridge housing and are working on linking them to services which will provide access to longer term housing.

The team provided 15 individuals with referrals to programs for assistance. Additionally, 6 individuals were linked with follow-up professional services. While service capacity is limited, the teams will continue to work with this population to get them into services as they become available.

HOPE Team Conducts Operation Shelter Me in the City of Adelanto and Surrounding Unincorporated Areas
(Photo: Community Service & Reentry Division)

In June of 2023, San Bernardino County opted into Laura’s Law, also called Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). Laura’s Law provides opportunities for court-ordered community treatment pathways for individuals with histories of hospitalization or incarceration, and histories of violence to themselves or others.

Deputies located one individual who appeared to be a candidate for assisted outpatient treatment. At the conclusion of investigations, individuals determined to meet AOT criteria will be referred to county Behavioral Health resources for assistance and possible placement into treatment pathways.

The team provided this focused outreach due to Senate Bill 170, which provided funding to the Department to support ongoing operations of this nature. The H.O.P.E. Team and other aligned resources will continue operations of this type throughout the county over the next several years.

If you know of persons experiencing homelessness who need services, please get in touch with the H.O.P.E. Team at 909-387-0623 or hope@sbcsd.org

HOPE Team Conducts Operation Shelter Me in the City of Adelanto and Surrounding Unincorporated Areas
(Photo: Community Service & Reentry Division)

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