Aug 1, 2017
District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that over 100 homeless victims of crime have been provided services through the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), which launched in March 2017. Over 300 transportation, food, motel, and clothing vouchers have been distributed to help victims meet their immediate needs. Six of the victims served by the program are currently in permanent housing. The program leverages partnerships between the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division, Catholic Charities, Verity, YWCA and the Family Justice Center to expand outreach and bring each agency’s specific skills and services to this population.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Homeless individuals are among the most vulnerable in our county and are highly susceptible to victimization. We are excited that HOT is providing these victims with critically important support services.”
Using a multi-disciplinary approach, outreach and case management, the Homeless Outreach Team provides timely and comprehensive services to homeless crime victims. The goals of the program are to reduce barriers to obtain social, health and housing services and to foster coordination across the county to address difficulties facing homeless victims of crime. The program is currently funded through December 2019 by a CalOES grant received by the Sonoma County DA’s Office Victim Services Division.
The District Attorney’s office thanks program partners CatholicCharities,V erity, YWCA and the Family Justice Center for their commitment to serving homeless victims in our community.
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