Brevard law enforcement is changing how it deals with homelessness thanks to task force
Cmdr. Marc Claycomb didn't chastise or arrest her. He talked with her about her situation. He learned she has two children and a husband who's out of a job; that they're living in a Melbourne hotel. And then, he offered his knowledge of services that hopefully can lead to a better life.
That approach is part of a countywide effort to best share resources and tackle problems related to homelessness, from lack of affordable housing to mental health issues. It brings together the Brevard Homeless Coalition — which consists of more than 70 nonprofits, churches, colleges, and government organizations — with law enforcement who regularly come in contact with displaced people and issues related to their situations.