Councilmember Chris Ward (District 3)

Contact Information for Services and Support

San Diego Police Department / Homeless Outreach Team

The City of San Diego's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) provides outreach and engagement services throughout San Diego. They are the City's initial point of contact with both chronic homeless and chronic inebriates living on the streets. Each HOT Team is composed of police officers, County psychiatric clinicians and County mental health eligibility technicians, and they assist about 700 individuals per year. The HOT is available to assist the community with homeless related issues. Its phone number is (858) 490-3850.

Any crimes or suspicious activity can be reported to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). Remember, being homeless is not a crime. But if you are concerned about the activities of anyone in your neighborhood - homeless or not - please call it in to 619-531-2000. In an emergency, of course call 9-1-1.

Many kinds of public conduct are illegal and should be reported to the SDPD, including being intoxicated, loitering, prowling, fighting, trespassing, aggressive panhandling, soliciting, urinating and defecating, consuming alcoholic beverages in certain public places, camping or sleeping in parks, littering, obstructing sidewalks, living in a vehicle parked on a public street, disturbing the peace by loud and unreasonable noises, using offensive words, and behaving in a threatening manner. The San Diego Police Department has PDF icon more suggestions available online.

Trespass Authorization/Letter of Agency

Business and property owners should consider filing a PDF icon Trespass Authorization/Letter of Agency Form, which can be downloaded and submitted to your neighborhood police station. This form allows the SDPD to act as the agent for the owner of private property for purposes of enforcing laws against any person(s) found on the property without the owner's consent or without lawful purpose. This is an extremely useful tool and is strongly recommended for vacant properties, vacant lots, businesses or any properties upon which public nuisance activity and/or crime problems, including transient activity, drug activity, prostitution, graffiti, or general trespass are occurring.

In conjunction with this form, it is strongly suggested, although not required, that the property be posted with a sign indicating:

A Letter of Agency has been filed with the San Diego Police Department;
The address of the property;
The words "No Trespassing"; and
Who the property is managed by and/or who to call to report problems or concerns.

Still stuck? PDF icon Check out this sample.

Downtown Unattended Property

If you notice unattended property on public sidewalks Downtown, you may report it to the Downtown San Diego Partnership's Clean and Safe Program.