Sheriff Knight Officially Announces H.O.T. Team

Government

SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY OCT 19, 2018

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight has announced the official adoption of the agency’s first full-time Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.). H.O.T. unofficially launched in June 2018 and consists of a sworn deputy and two civilian case workers. The team works Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, however, services are available to the public 24/7. Through outreach, referrals and agency-generated reports, the team works to establish relationships of trust with homeless individuals in order to educate, encourage and guide them to connect with social services and agencies throughout Sarasota County. Team members focus on housing, providing veteran assistance and identifying medical services for mental health and substance. Since June 1, 2018, H.O.T. has made contact with 300 homeless citizens, placed 80 citizens in beds and assisted 30 veterans.

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