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Responsible Compassion for the Homeless

Mission Statement: 

 The mission of the City of Murrieta'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 Murrieta.

  • 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

1. Those who want and will accept a hand up to regain self-sufficiency 

2. Those who may be suffering from mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other conditions that inhibit reasoning skills

 3. Those who refuse help, and choose to live outdoors, while observing the law

4. Those who refuse help, make a conscious choice to be homeless, and may be engaging in illegal activity (generally associated with theft, public intoxication, trespassing, aggressive panhandling and vandalism)

Three Link Approach to Responsible Compassion

The City of Murrieta 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.

Collaboration, Communication, Coordination

Successes

Reconnect and Restore

  • Help many of our clients with bus tickets to reconnect with family members

Employment Services

  • Several clients and volunteers have had employment assistance and found jobs

Recovery Programs

  • Many clients have entered recover programs and have had success dealing with addiction
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