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La Palma Officers Help Homeless Individual Get Off the Streets

by: La Palma PIO
Posted: September 24, 2018

LA PALMA...Since January 2018, the City of La Palma began a partnership with CityNet, a non-profit organization working to end homelessness in Orange County. CityNet deploys staff to ride with police officers to conduct street outreach and connect unsheltered homeless with emergency shelter, housing, and critical services.

On the afternoon of September 13, 2018, La Palma police officers and CityNet were conducting homeless outreach when they noticed an individual sleeping on the bus bench in front of Yum Yum Donuts on Orangethorpe Avenue. The officers made contact with the individual and later discovered that the individual was a missing person from LA County and had been living on the streets for many years.

The individual was initially agitated by being contacted by officers but once officers provided food and water, the individual calmed down and began to open up about his background. With CityNet's help, officers were able to get the individual into a shelter in Costa Mesa where he will receive critical services until more permanent housing becomes available.

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