The H.O.P.E Team
(Homeless Outreach and Psychological Evaluation Team)
In answer to the growing calls-for-service for unlawful encampments and trespassing by homeless individuals, the Corona Police Department created the H.O.P.E. Team in January of 2015. The mission of the H.O.P.E. Team is to provide long-term solutions for those who fall into the homeless category by utilizing partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies along with community businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations.
Some of these people become homeless through a series of unfortunate circumstances such as losing their jobs and their homes. Others are homeless due to drug addiction and their inability to hold a job. Some are homeless because of mental illness and there are those who are homeless by choice.
The primary duties of the team are to be the first responders and primary contact on calls-for-service involving the homeless and the mentally ill. The team also proactively seeks out and contacts people who are homeless and who are in need of services. The team utilizes a balance of support resources as well as enforcement to ensure a good quality-of-life for our community as well as a better quality-of-life for the homeless individuals themselves.
A recent addition to our team was the partnership with the Coast-to-Coast Foundation. As stated on their website:
The H.O.P.E. Team members are Officer Jonathan Rosenblum and Officer Jason Goudy. They report directly to Lieutenant Alan Lorton. For additional information, please call the Corona Police Department H.O.P.E. Team at (951) 817-5737.