Our Homeless Outreach Team recently partnered with the Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a weeklong outreach and clean-up operation in the Santa Fe Dam Spillway, west of the 605 Freeway in the city of Irwindale. This area is part of the Corps' flood control network and is at high risk for flooding and wild fires.
During this operation, crews removed nearly 250 tons of trash and debris from the 100-acre open space. In addition, overgrowth and brush was removed and fencing and infrastructure were re-enforced.
Prior to the 5-day operation commencing, outreach was provided to the subjects living illegally in the area by our Homeless Outreach Team in partnership with our Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority case workers, our Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinician, USACE Park Rangers and our regional HOST teams.
As a result, a number of unsheltered residents living in the basin were provided with services, including food/water, medical attention, sheltering options and transitions to housing opportunities.
Partnerships such as this ensure the safety of all the residents of Irwindale, including those suffering from homelessness.