The ET approach is different from past efforts because it leads with intensive and persistent
outreach and engagement to ensure people are supported in transitioning to shelter and
housing. County departments will also coordinate more closely to support transition and
ET Outreach will engage each individual to understand their immediate and longer term needs
and to develop an individualized plan to identify a practical and acceptable pathway to shelter
or permanent housing. Onsite services may include:
- Support with connecting to and entering shelter or permanent housing;
- Enrollment in public benefits;
- Urgent medical and psychiatric care;
- Referrals for substance use disorder treatment;
- Referrals for mental health care;
- COVID-19 education; and
- Family and community re-engagement.
ET Outreach will also encourage safe sleeping practices promoting adequate distancing, use of
PPE, reduction of excess items, garbage, flammable material, and unsanitary objects.
Recognizing the trauma people living unsheltered experience on a daily basis, trauma-informed
culturally relevant and gender specific services will be delivered meeting individuals where they
are, using evidence- based practices.