Is this a street model for engaging the street homeless & helping to end their struggles?: Fighting homelessness in Atlantic City a constant battle for cop, social worker – pressofAtlanticCity.com: Atlantic County News


Fighting homelessness in Atlantic City a constant battle for cop, social worker – pressofAtlanticCity.com: Atlantic County News.

Here are some quotes from the article that should set the tone for our outreach to the Police to find better ways to engage the homeless in our community! It can be done as witnessed in this story!

Wenz credits his supervisor, Capt. Tom Coholan, with allowing him to be removed from answering 911 calls and do what he could to help the homeless.

“I’ve been doing outreach for three years, and it’s never gone as smoothly as it has with him,” Gasparini said.

From the beginning, Gasparini had trust on the street. For eight years, he lived among them due to addiction before getting out about three years ago.

But the homeless are often distrustful of someone in a uniform.

“He’s changed all that,” Gasparini said. “The man has not only respect for the people, he’s a natural at this.”

That is without any formal social service training, Sgt. Monica McMenamin notes. “It’s pure care and compassion.”

There are proper ways to engage your local Police in ending homelessness in a day-to-day effort!

This may well be a model to look at, but it takes concerned Police motivated by their leadership to make a difference here! Sometimes it may well be a personal motivation at the street level to deal with an individuals needs at the point when you’re right there with them too as well as an organized “intervention” approach!

That’s true Point-in-Time action done all year long & a natural for the once-a-year PIT Count process too!

All of this is the way the 100K Homes Campaign model works in their street engagement & vulnerability assessment process too!

Originally posted on Facebook (From USICH): Atlantic City police force works to connect people experiencing homelessness to services. Police are critical partners as communities seek real solutions to homelessness. Criminalization is not a solution.

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