HOW HOMELESS COURT WORKS
STEP ONE - SIGN UP:
Participant begins by:
(A) working with one of the approved Homeless Court Providers
(current list here: http://bit.ly/sdhcp); or
(B) having already made progress on their own or through a different program, the Participant self-refers themselves by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
STEP TWO - REFERRAL:
- Once the Participant has satisfied the requirements of their individual program (or their own self-referral), Participants then sign up for HCP through their Provider, or submit their own self-referral by email.
- The Participant will then be given a date and location to appear for Homeless Court Counseling and Graduation.
STEP THREE - COUNSELING AND GRADUATION:
The court and prosecution prepare cases on the list for the next scheduled Homeless Court session.
WEEK TWO - Counseling
The assigned defense attorney meets with each participant one week before the court hearing to counsel, review and prepare the cases.
WEEK THREE - Graduation!
Court personnel travel to the homeless service agency for an official hearing of participants’ cases.
Client appears in front of the judge, has their case(s) resolved, and leaves with court paperwork.
Nearly 2000 participants resolved more than 7000 cases in the HCP from 2009 to 2012.
The average appearance rate of participants increased to 91.58% in 2012 from 75.97% in 2009.
The Stand Down event helped 706 homeless veterans resolve 2,941 cases from 2008 to 2012.