What, if any, role can your local police department play in addressing homelessness? Officer Mike Keen, the Homeless Outreach Program Coordinator for the Arlington County, VA Police Department, joins the show to answer that question. Officer Keen’s homeless outreach program breaks down silos between local government departments in order to assist people experiencing homelessness to acquire the services and resources they need. We talk jail diversion, crisis intervention, decriminalizing homelessness, community policing, and the value of working together. Plus, Mike picked up a new skill during COVID, Sarah wants to play the steel drums, and Laura loves squirrels (now and always). Please subscribe to the show and give us a 5-star rating! Send us a note at [email protected] and follow us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast.

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