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Monday June 10th, 2024 :: 03:33 p.m. PDT


Operation Shelter Me Houses 17 People Including a Pregnant Woman and Two Veterans

DATE/TIME: June 6, 2024 to June 7, 2024 / 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

INCIDENT: Operation Shelter Me

LOCATION: San Bernardino and surrounding communities 

SUMMARY: On Friday, June 7, 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 San Bernardino 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 contacted 134 individuals and provided 107 individuals with referrals to programs for assistance. Seventeen individuals were provided immediate emergency housing including three families, a pregnant woman in late stages of pregnancy, and two Veterans. Those provided housing are being directly linked to service providers in an effort to assist the beyond homelessness. 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 calledm 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 lacate 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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