Long Beach police have begun implementing a policy to seek out homeless persons and refer them to available city shelters.
Last weekend, police found 81 homeless persons and referred 55 of them to shelters, City Manager John E. Dever told the City Council. On Wednesday, the police began offering homeless residents transportation to area shelters, police spokesman Commander Al Van Otterloo said.
The council Tuesday referred a proposal to aid the homeless to a council committee for study. Council member Evan Anderson Braude had proposed that during extreme cold, police should escort homeless persons to emergency facilities that would include area shelters and city buildings, if necessary, Braude said.
Braude said he was hoping that the council would act on his proposal within two weeks. He called the new police policy announced by Dever "a step in the right direction."