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Summit to share best practices to end homelessness

Homeless PersonThe San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP), in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health Office of Homeless Services, is hosting their 9th Annual Homeless Summit to inform stakeholders and community members of the current and future efforts that have been and will be made to address the issue of homelessness in San Bernardino County.

The Homeless Summit will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 East Convention Center Way, in Ontario. The summit is free of charge to attendees.

“The County of San Bernardino is on track to completely eliminate veteran homelessness by the end of this year.  In addition, we are committed to ending chronic homelessness for children and families once and for all. The Homeless Summit will showcase our countywide approach to ending homelessness, and ultimately improving quality of life in every one of our communities,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who is also chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Guest speakers will include: Tom Hernandez, Office of Homeless Services; Sharon Green, Victor Valley Family Resource Center; Theodore “Ted” Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; Amy Sawyer, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH); and Philip Mangano, American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness. Gonzales will make closing remarks.

Interested individuals can learn more about the Homeless Summit or register to attend by visiting or by calling Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 (7-1-1 for TTY users.)

The SBCHP works to develop countywide public and private partnerships and to coordinate services and resources to end homelessness in San Bernardino County. Through this, SBCHP is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by working to create a sustainable system of community health, public safety, and housing. Information on the Countywide Vision, the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at

6 thoughts on "Summit to share best practices to end homelessness"

  1. Channel says:

    I believe the most common cause for homelessness in the first place, is the person or family who got behind on their rent or mortgage and ended up in a hotel and then a motel and then their car when the hotels/motels became too expensive and then the streets when the car got repossessed. Stuck under a mountain of debt and a vicious cycle of negative responses from property management companies and property owners. Soon they get discouraged and disheartened and begin to give up hope of ever living normal lives… They turn to drugs and alcohol as an outlet for their pain and misery… their families fall apart… they lose their jobs… children are taken away…

    1. Larry A. Singleton says:

      Right on. this is why this needs a “thumbs up” feature. Every aspect of our lives is either taxed, fined, levied or otherwise over-regulated. Our basic necessities are ALL luxuries.

      Our cities and counties have become collective extortion rackets. The pay and benies of public employees is bankrupting this country one sanctuary city at a time.

      I could tell you about the weekly speed trap here in Riverside at a “death corner” that is totally ignored. I watch while they pull over people practically on top of the spot where I watched this girl die in a head on collision. Your first introduction to Riverside is red light cameras and solar power parking meters and a whopping fee to get your electricity turned on if you move here.

      I was raised in Berdoo. (Devore) I spent many years going to city and county meetings. I could tell some neat stories both good and bad about mayor Holcomb, whom I’m related to via my niece.

      One day me and some friends were sitting in the council chambers on that dais. (I was sixteen) I was sitting in the mayors chair pushing the button that makes that platform turn. Then mayor Holcomb walked in with his entourage going into the “back room”. As he passed me he asked “Playing mayor for the day?” All in all he was a good guy although we didn’t agree on some issues.

      You talk about your cars. The DMV is the worst of the worst. Like “deadbeat dads” they’ve convinced the public that driving is a “privilege” instead of the right to travel that it is. It’s all about the money.

      They don’t care. Court reporters personally profit off your public documents by gouging you for fees for court transcripts. The money goes straight into their pockets courtesy of legislation by our California Assembly.

      Read Taken Into Custody by Stephen Baskerville and The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers. Go to Amazon and read the Introduction and Preface to these two books. Pretty soon your children are going to be “Good Little Germans”.

  2. James Grant says:

    Need more info on the summit for 2016. Would look to attend with others

    1. Hi James, the 10th Annual Homeless Summit is on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Redlands. Here is a link to more information:

  3. Larry A. Singleton says:

    Is the county involved with the VASH program at the VA in Loma Linda? I’m in the VASH program, Thank God! I was homeless for years after a back injury. Without it I’d still be living in my truck.

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