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HPD’S HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM GETS NEW WHEELS!

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Those members of Houston’s homeless population will be transported in style if they’re in need of assistance in the downtown area.

The Houston Police Department unveiled its new homeless outreach van (HOT) and it’s a Mercedes Benz.

HPD spokesman John Cannon says it’s a far cry from the 1999 beat up unit their three member outreach team has used in the past. 

The van will be used to transport the homeless to various government agencies to get assistance.  image
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Cannon says in some cases those who are taken into custody may also end up in the city’s new sober center.

HPD’s homeless unit has transported 270+ members of the homeless population this  year while finding housing formjust over 100. 

The new van, which hits the streets immediately, was donated by the Frees and Simmons Foundations.