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Press Release: Homeless Outreach Success
Agency: Lake Elsinore Police
Station Area: Lake Elsinore
Written Date: April 11, 2019 Time: 01:00 P.M.
Incident Date: April 09, 2019 Time: 10:00 A.M.
Incident Location: Ryan Avenue x Lawrence Avenue, Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Glenn Warrington
File Number(s): N/A

Details:

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, Lake Elsinore Code Enforcement officials notified several homeless individuals occupying private property near Ryan Avenue and Lawrence Avenue, in the city of Lake Elsinore, they were trespassing and asked to leave.  On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in a joint outreach operation, Lake Elsinore City Code Enforcement officers, deputies from the Lake Elsinore Station’s Problem Oriented Policing Team (POP) and Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) visited the homeless encampment.

This area has become home to a growing number of homeless individuals.  The deputies and officers contacted multiple individuals and immediately began identifying available resources to assist these individuals with ending their cycle of homelessness.  Of the people contacted, two accepted the resources offered.  The couple had been together for quite some time and moved to Lake Elsinore in search of a better life. Unfortunately, they fell on hard times and became homeless. They were driven to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio, where they will be able to remain together in a family shelter and start the recovery process from addiction and receive vocational training. Another homeless subject refused the assistance and was subsequently arrested for trespassing.  He was transported and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center. The homeless individuals contacted were given every opportunity to re-locate and were advised failure to leave would result in an arrest for trespassing.

The City of Lake Elsinore and the Lake Elsinore Police Department takes a pro-active stance in combatting crimes within our community, to include trespassing on private property.  Additionally, with the help of our non-profit partners and community stakeholders, we are equally pro-active in offering services to homeless individuals, in our continued efforts end homelessness.  If you would like more information on how you can help please visit www.lake-elsinore.org/residents/homelessness-in-le Opens in New Window or www.theswag.org Opens in New Window.

 

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