Lee County Sheriff’s Office partners up with local leaders to create homeless outreach team

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with county leaders to create a homeless outreach team, the agency announced Tuesday during a press conference.

They’re called HOT Teams- which stands for Homeless Outreach Teams. Each team is made up of a trained civilian, a crisis-intervention expert and someone from the county.

The sheriff’s office said these teams will go out and talk to the homeless population directly.

“Members of the HOT team first address these individuals’ medical and housing needs,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. “We also provide the transportation information on treatment facilities if needed. In most cases some of those needs are met with care bags that we distribute.”