The Yucaipa City Council adopted the Homeless Strategic Plan to reduce homelessness and crackdown on crime. This site is your source to stay up to date on the City’s efforts and ways you can help people become self-sufficient and make Yucaipa a safe community for all.
A Growing Problem
As the state and local governments grapple with how to address California’s growing homelessness problem, the Yucaipa City Council is pioneering an aggressive approach that aims to reduce homelessness and crackdown on crime.
On September 25th, the City Council adopted its Homeless Strategic Plan. The plan comes as a result of a set of goals the City Council adopted in April. Addressing homelessness was at the top of the list.
This webpage provides you with the resources you need to review the plan and learn how you can help the homeless and reduce crime.
How you can help
We need everyone working together so that we can turn this tide and preserve Yucaipa as the Jewel of the Inland Empire. You can help by:
- Getting familiar with the plan;
- Reporting crime when you see it;
- Reporting the location of camps and congregations of people that appear to be homeless.
Review the Plan
You may review the plan by following this link: Homeless Strategic Plan.
The best way you can help reduce crime is by reporting it. For public safety emergencies, call 911. To report less severe criminal behavior, call Yucaipa PD’s non-emergency line at (909) 387-8313.
If you see crimes related to trespassing, blocking public rights-of-way, camping in areas not designed for it, or aggressive panhandling, report it. These crimes undermine the health and safety of our community.
Helping the Homeless
The City created the Solutions-Oriented Policing (SOP) Team to help people experiencing homelessness get the resources they need to get off the streets and become self-sufficient. The SOP Team consists of highly trained professionals from various government agencies whose goal it is to help the homeless.
If you see individuals that appear homeless or see what appears to be a homeless campsite, please report it with the Yucaipa App, which is available in your phone’s app store.
The SOP Team will investigate and make contact with these individuals to get them help.
Please do not enable those living in homelessness to persist in this situation. There are resources to help them. Many suffer from substance use or mental health disorders and may not be able to seek help for themselves. By reporting their location, our trained SOP Team can help connect them to services.
Leading with Compassion
The Homeless Strategic Plan leads with compassion and the aim to help people get off the street and become self-sufficient.
The plan notes that there is no compassion in allowing someone to persist in a homeless condition when resources exist to help them. Living in a homeless condition means exposure to severe weather and susceptibility to become a victim of crime.
To help a homeless person get the help they need, please report their location with the Yucaipa App.
Enforcing the Law
This is not a soft-on-crime plan. Although this plan leads with the intent to get people help, it aims to facilitate the systematic and aggressive enforcement of the law.
In Yucaipa, being homeless is not an excuse to endanger public health, block public rights of way, intimidate others through aggressive solicitation, steal, be intoxicated in public, trespass, cause blight, create fire dangers, or take away the right of law-abiding citizens to enjoy parks and other public facilities.
If you see a crime, report it to the Yucaipa PD at (909) 387-8313.
Homeless Resource Guide
If you’d like a list of resources for your own use, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (H.O.P.E.) Team has compiled a comprehensive resource guide. You can find it here: HOPE Homeless Resource Guide.