Santa Rosa, CA – July 25, 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.
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
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 Catholic Charities, Verity, YWCA and the Family Justice Center for
their commitment to serving homeless victims in our community.