The mission of the City of Temecula’s Responsible Compassion program is to further improve quality of life by developing residents’, businesses’ and visitors’ awareness, understanding, and participation in a comprehensive strategy to solve homelessness in Temecula.
- Development of a multi-agency partnership to increase collaboration of service providers to assist the homeless in becoming self-sufficient.
- Ongoing personal contact between the Homeless Outreach Team officers and homeless individuals to increase trust and make referrals to service providers.
- Work closely with local outreach organizations to coordinate housing, employment and medical and mental health services.
- Enforcement of law violations (i.e. trespassing, illegal lodging, public intoxication, aggressive panhandling, etc.)
Four Types of Homelessness
- Those that face obstacles to accepting support (e.g., mental/behavioral health)
- Those that refuse help while observing the law
- Those that refuse help and engage in illegal activity
Three Prong Approach to Responsible Compassion
The City of Temecula has taken the lead on crafting a comprehensive approach to solving the problem of regional homelessness in a way that respects the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The “Responsible Compassion” program is consistent with the City’s Quality of Life Master Plan Core Value of Accountable and Responsive City Government and an effective approach to countering the causes and consequences of homelessness within our community.
HELP CenterPhysical Address
28922 Pujol Street
Temecula, CA 92590
By appointment only
If you or someone you know is experiencing or at risk of homelessness, staff at the HELP Center will help you identify resources and options to improve your situation.
Sgt. VickersCORE Team
Collaboration with a variety of partners and non-profit stakeholders, such as Community Mission of Hope, to provide effective and comprehensive services offering support and requiring participants to move down a path into self-sufficiency, without taxpayer dollars.
Coordination of efforts between the City of Temecula, the Temecula Police Department, Non-Profits, Faith-Based organizations and Regional Partners to leverage resources in order to best address the variety of challenges related to homelessness.
Communication with Temecula residents and businesses through an extensive awareness campaign.
Temecula Police Department “CORE Team Overview/Duties” :
- Implemented June 11, 2015
- One Sergeant, four deputies, and a CSO assigned to the Team
- Respond to calls for service dealing with homeless individuals (i.e. trespassing, illegal lodging, panhandling, 5150 evaluations, and public intoxication)
Reconnect and Restore
- Help many of our clients with bus tickets to reconnect with family members
- Several clients and volunteers have had employment assistance and found jobs
- Many clients have entered recovery programs and have had success dealing with addiction
Increased Public Safety
- Increased arrests of criminal elements within the homeless community that undermine efforts to provide responsible compassion