About 70 members of the homeless community attended the first multi-agency Homeless Outreach Program on Saturday, July 30, 2016, coordinated by the Garden Grove Police Department. The event was held in the parking lot of 7861 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, and involved law enforcement agencies from the Cities of Westminster and Anaheim.
“It was a successful event. We helped more from the homeless community at this event than we did in previous homeless outreach efforts," said Garden Grove Police Chief Todd Elgin.
Of the people who attended, four were immediately placed into a shelter program and one person will be re-united with family members in Arizona as a result of the outreach effort. There were 17 different partner organizations that participated to provide various types of assistance to the homeless such as housing, veteran assistance, and substance abuse treatment. In addition, representatives from the DMV were also on hand and assisted several people in filling out paper work to obtain California identification cards.