As pledged, Timm helped craft plans that reduced homelessness and confront underlying issues. She hosted Upland’s first Homeless Forum that included citizens and the new CRT. Homelessness and transients is a huge issue that every city is currently struggling with. The Community Resource Team (CRT) that helps the homeless was organized to work with Homeless Advocates and the Upland Police. They work to house Upland’s homeless. To date, over a hundred homeless people have been housed thereby reducing the homeless count in our city. To help in the effort, Carol started a campaign to encourage people not to give to panhandlers, but instead donate to the various charities that help the homeless.
The Community Resource Team (CRT) was started by The City of Upland in 2014 when Timm was serving on the Planning Commission. Carol joined this group to interface with individuals involved in helping homeless and to help set policy for the City of Upland. The CRT started a unique program that started with the Community Resource Officers (CRO) in our police department in 2015 shortly after Timm was elected. Carol was the only public official that was a member.
The CRO team would act as an intercessory to the homeless. Shortly after starting a group of advocates who trained with the Police Department, they started working together.
In 2015, Timm organized and hosted the first Homeless Forum at the Cooper Museum to talk to the people about their concerns about the homeless issues in Upland. The CRO team, homeless Director, Doug Story, Carol and a moderator answered questions on homeless and how to deal with the issues.
A few months later, Timm hosted the Homeless Summit at the Catholic Church where they rented space. At the opening ceremonies it was said, “This is not a police problem, not a council problem, but a community problem.” We all need to work together to craft solutions today. Numerous workshops were held to identify issues within the city and offer solutions.
In 2017 the City voted to hire a new Director, Eric Gavin and he oversaw the running of the advocates that would directly interface with the homeless individuals in Upland. It was decided only Upland Citizens would be helped.
The city of Upland noticed a lot of homeless in our parks, particularly Memorial Park and that many groups not from Upland were feeding them and leaving refuse in the park. The city council and police department changed this policy and with the help of the CRT and the police, Memorial Park was cleaned up and all city parks were closed at dusk.
The CRT team of advocates primary function is Street Outreach. They frequently visit local parks and homeless encampments to make contact with people living on the streets. This way, we begin to form a relationship with the homeless so that we can better learn about their needs and struggles and work with them to craft a plan to exit homelessness.
The CRT works hand in hand with the Upland Police. They have a detailed list of all homeless along with the Police. By 2018 the CRT had successfully housed over 100 homeless in Upland. One of their programs in helping the homeless off the streets was the laundry ministry.
For the past 6 months they’ve been in on a quest to lease a property that they could use as an affordable option for people living on the streets to transition off of them. They searched for a suitable house to lease in either Upland, or in one of our immediately neighboring cities and found one! It is responsibly located in an area that is zoned for its intended use. It is being used to help people find their way off the streets, but also to beautify and improve the surrounding neighborhood.
The city recently got some grant money from CDBG to assist in housing the homeless.
• Some of the usages are Rental and move-in assistance
• Fund bus tickets to reunite with loving/receiving family
• Temporary “bridge” housing for those waiting on a firm move-in date
• Miscellaneous supports needed to prevent an episode of homelessness
• Timm’s goal is to intensely find grant funds to help homeless in Upland.
• To expand the training of our advocates to help more people
• To have money for training for mentally ill (UPD has done this)
• We also found and housed about 20 in Step up on Second” This group houses chronically homeless mentally ill homeless with wrap around services for life.
• To provide more housing for the homeless in the future.
• Continue to work with other groups to assist in finding homes for homeless or pre homeless.
Community Resource Team website