Homeless outreach has been going on in Montecito since the beginning of this year. Our Executive Director, homeless outreach workers from the Department of Behavioral Wellness, and a formerly homeless man have been outreaching along the railroad tracks and freeway off-ramp encampments. However, these efforts are not going to be enough to resolve the problem and get people experiencing homelessness into treatment and a sustainable living situation.
So we're partnering with City Net to create Hands Across Montecito, that provides connection to services, and consistent outreach to help people move indoors. During COVID, this is especially important work.
Our community has been engaged in homeless outreach, with volunteers from Bonnymede, Montecito Shores, Sea Meadow and more.
When a community comes together to solve a problem by collaborating, volunteering, and supporting a project like this, it's a key ingredient for success.
Please join us in supporting Hands Across Montecito! You can donate at the link below. You're also welcome to reach out to us if you want more information, or if you want to learn how to get involved in the outreach project, and be a hand reaching across Montecito.
Marcos Olivarez, outreach volunteer and Behavioral Wellness Commissioner appointed by Supervisor Hart, at abandoned encampment near the cemetery and Montecito Sanitary District:
Andrea Hein, Montecito neighbor, Hands Across Montecito volunteer and supporter just west of San Ysidro Road.
Luis Alvarado, with Behavioral Wellness Homeless Outreach Services at Hot Springs off-ramp.
Luis Alvarado from Behavioral Wellness Homeless Outreach Services and Public Health social worker in encampment in the median of the 101 near the Hot Springs off-ramp.