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Homeless First Responders


September 23, 2021

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The SMFD has launched a new response unit to assist the homeless.

By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer

The Santa Monica Fire Department this week launched a new emergency response unit which will address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

The Community Response Unit (CRU) looks like a typical ambulance – staffed by two firefighters – but it has a distinct mission: provide an alternative response to 911 calls to better address the needs of vulnerable populations in Santa Monica, city officials said on Monday, announcing the new outreach.

"The CRU's 'one meaningful intervention at a time approach' will help improve outcomes for individuals...

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