Matt takes an extreme humanistic approach toward homelessness. He fundamentally believes that no person should live without shelter. He has been dealing with the issue of homelessness since 2003, when as the sergeant of a city COPS Team he and his deputies encountered their first homeless encampment in a riverbed in South Los Angeles. As a transit expert in both Los Angeles and San Diego, and a public safety director, Matt has worked closely with homeless advocates to provide proper housing, medical, and mental health care for the homeless community. In order to address the homeless crisis, Matt realizes we need to create systems that work. That means not stigmatizing the homeless and criminalizing homelessness, but rather supporting communities and engaging the homeless to find viable, sustainable solutions.
Rapid re-housing is essential, along with permanent supportive housing, crisis response, income opportunity, and comprehensive access to all necessary human services. Matt believes we need to build a coalition made up of partners from the Federal, State, and Local levels toward addressing the issue. As Sheriff, Matt intends to host symposiums and localized community workshops to address viable and equitable solutions to the ever-growing homeless problem.