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Homeless strategy: Enforce law and provide resources

Helping the homeless continues to be a coordinated group effort in Manteca.

Mike Kelly of the Manteca Police Department hopes that more can be done.

He and Steve Smith are the Community Resource Officers who meet daily with the local homeless community.

“We enforce the law and we provide resources,” said Kelly at Thursday’s Manteca Homeless Summit.

Two sessions were held at the Manteca Transit Center in an effort to educate residents on what’s being done on a day-to-day basis.

“Our team as a whole has helped 200 people,” Kelly said.

Included is helping with their health or addiction problems along with reuniting them with family.

The team consists of police — Kelly and Smith have developed a positive rapport with many of the homeless — and various non-profits, churches and health organizations.

This expanded outreach — namely, Love INC, San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Center, Community Medical Center, Golden Valley Health, Hope Family Shelter, Manteca Unified, Calvary Community Church, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Inner City Action, Inc. — will be going from once a month to twice a month, beginning at 9 a.m. on the first and second Thursdays in the Manteca Council Chamber.

“You don’t have to be part of an organization,” said Kelly, who is hoping for more folks to become involved.

Many of the representatives from the outreach were on hand to provide information to those at the sessions.

Inner City Action, for instance, provides free showers once a week along with a meal afterwards.

In the past two years, Inner City Action reported taken 46 people off the streets, provided full-time jobs to two, disqualified 17 and have 23 still with the program.

“We’re more ahead than most cities,” said Kelly, who has been contacted by officials in Livermore, Los Banos, Lodi and Stockton on the local outreach efforts.