FINDING HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS ONE AT A TIME!

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Sgt. Stephen Wick and members of his homeless outreach taskforce are just as busy as ever in downtown Houston.
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Wick says since the program began three years ago at the Houston Police Department at least 340 people have been taken off the streets.

He also says he has a new tool to help those in the transient community find homes and jobs.

That help comes in the form of an identification letter.

Wick says the state requires a picture ID to get an ID and that has left many of the homeless out of luck in Houston.

However, the veteran officer says with the Department of Public Safety approving the alternative of an ID letter many in the homeless population will be able to get a state issued ID.

Wick says the ID letter allows HPD to use its data base and mug shots to serve as supporting documents to positively identify someone.

Those who are applying for identification will also have to produce a birth certificate and or high school records with an address which organizations like the Beacon Center will provide.

Wick says it’s still a struggle over all to get the homeless off the streets but it’s a struggle they’re able to handle.