In many cases, outreach occurs before notice of an impending cleanup and after cleanups. Outreach always happens after a cleanup notice has been posted and during the cleanup. The City works with community organizations and other providers to help identify and implement individual solutions that break down barriers preventing unsheltered people from moving indoors. These organizations are helping people with everything from getting legal IDs to finding shelter, from mental health and substance issue services to referrals to affordable housing programs.
The Policy for Unauthorized Encampments on City Property, requires outreach providers to inform individuals in the encampment of alternative shelter options prior to encampment removal. Those options include housing programs, shelter programs with or without day programs, and “no-barrier” authorized shelter programs.