Several years ago, Cathedral City decided to take a proactive approach with the issue of homelessness. The City Council authorized the Police Department to dedicate one full-time police officer to assume the role of the homeless liaison as a way to connect the community with available resources. Officer Dwayne Hodge stepped up to build those bridges between those who need help and resources that can help.
KMIR’s Daytona Everett reported on one success story that holds true for many others as Officer Hodge works diligently in the field making the contacts and offering resources: https://www.facebook.com/DaytonaEverettNBC/videos/vb.206362570007919/2079440675687078/?type=2&theater or at https://youtu.be/DSCtlbywPgg.
Last Wednesday, the City Council authorized a second homeless liaison officer starting in July that will provide homeless liaison services when Officer Hodge is off duty. This will allow seven days a week coverage and help those who need the most help.
Additionally, the “Cathedral City PD” app for smartphones has added a new featured button, “Homeless.” The button offers business owners, residents, and visitors to report a homeless issue, such as an illegal encampment, illegal panhandling, or a homeless person who desires assistance with food, housing, and/or other services. The reporting allows the homeless liaison to reach out the homeless individual to assist with food assistance, treatment programs, and temporary housing.
To get the “Cathedral City PD” app, go to your smartphone app store and download it for free.