Homeless response team launched in Monrovia

Homeless response team launched in Monrovia

MONROVIA — The City of Monrovia will launch a new response team to deal with an increasing homeless population. The team will be led by Police Services Captain Alan Sanvictores and Recreation Manager Katie Distelrath, who has a license in marriage and family therapy.

“This is an important issue to review properly,” City Manager Oliver Chi said in a weekly newsletter. “It will require us to look beyond traditional law enforcement tools by incorporating both social service options while also examining other creative ways to address the issues at hand.”

The team will also be working on new ways to connect homeless persons with services that can help. Monrovia’s Foothill Unity Center is one such service. Founded in 1980, it works to provide food and access to health resources. According to their website, the number of people served by the organization has tripled in the past five years. Cooperation with such organizations will likely be a key goal for the response team.

For now, the team is focused on expanding their members, and will write a program outline over the next few months.

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