Street Outreach

community assistance provided by chat team

About Our Outreach

When our most vulnerable populations have stable housing and access to the services they need, the entire Modesto community benefits. The city works with dozens of community partners to leverage funds, maximize our impact and help more residents. These partnerships, and the programs and initiatives developed by the city, provide a path to a promising future by creating affordable housing, facilitating essential health and educational services, and investing in community improvements.

Alternative Response

Community Development Division funded the City of Modesto Police Department to expand the Community Health and Assistance Team (CHAT) to engage and build relationships with unsheltered individuals and provide immediate support, intervention, and connections with mainstream social services, shelters, and housing programs. CHAT works closely with uniformed police officers to respond to non-violent calls.  This alternative response allows uniformed officers to focus more on higher priority calls.

Real Time Data Collection

Real time data collection and visualization are part of a larger community initiative. The GIS technology has allowed the city to expedite community efforts and provide targeted outreach. The data collected through the ArcGIS Survey123 is visualized though a user-friendly dashboard that displays the information and includes an interactive map.

Dashboard

The dashboard below displays data collected by outreach workers as they contact unsheltered individuals in the City of Modesto.