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Saturday April 13th, 2024 :: 09:24 a.m. PDT


Operation Shelter Me Continues to Provide Unhoused Residents with Resources and Housing

DATE/TIME: April 12, 2024 / 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

INCIDENT: Operation Shelter Me

LOCATION: Town of Apple Valley and surrounding communities 

SUMMARY: On Friday, April 12, 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 town of Apple Valley 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 17 individuals with referrals to programs for assistance. Twelve individuals were linked with follow-up professional services and one family was placed in bridge housing with linkage to long term services.  Over 70% of individuals contacted were open to services. 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 located one individual who appeared to meet criteria for Laura's Law services and will be connected with appropriate mental health resources.

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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