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Homeless Outreach Team: a year in review

It’s been almost one year since the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) teamed up with the Alpha Project and Councilmember Todd Gloria’s office to launch the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), a program designed to provide social services to the homeless and get them off the streets and into shelters or housing.

The Alpha Project provides specialists who team up with police officers to go through San Diego’s communities and find homeless people by directly approaching them or responding to community calls, and try to persuade them to accept services or move into housing, said Benjamin Nicholls, executive director of the HBA.

“The idea is rather than try to bully them out of neighborhoods, we are trying to provide them services so they don’t need to stand on the corner and panhandle,” Nicholls said.

So far, Nicholls considers the HOT project to be a success.

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