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Operation Shelter Me Continues in Fontana and Surrounding Areas; Dozens Provided Referrals for Assistance Programs

DATE/TIME: January 5, 2024 / 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

INCIDENT: Operation Shelter Me

LOCATION: Fontana and surrounding communities 



SUMMARY: On Friday, January 5, 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 Fontana 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 team provided 41 individuals with referrals to programs for assistance. Five individuals were linked with follow-up professional services and one individual experiencing crisis was transported to a local Crisis Stablization Unit for intervention and assistance with linkage to housing. While service capacity is limited, the teams will continue to work with this population to get them into services as they become available. 

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. During this operation, deputies did not locate any individuals who met criteria for Laura's Law services.

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 [email protected].

Refer: The H.O.P.E. Team

Station: Community Service & Reentry Division

Phone No. (909) 387-0623

Case No. N/A

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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