Homeless Outreach Team

To address homelessness in our community, the Largo Police Department formed a Homeless Outreach Team that positions designated officers, working directly with social service professionals, to focus specifically on supporting people experiencing homelessness by connecting them to services whenever possible.  Largo's Homeless Outreach Team is supported by a multi-department Advisory Committee that includes Parks, Library, Housing, Administration, Fire Rescue, Public Works, and Community Standards, ensuring that efforts have City-wide support. The Advisory Committee’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative outreach efforts
  • Protocol for staff interactions with people with experiencing homelessness
  • Directing individuals to the homeless outreach team for support
  • Working with businesses and residents to prevent and address homelessness concerns
  • Informing resource use and support efforts through data tracking
For questions or more information on this effort, contact the Homeless Outreach Team at HomelessOutreach@largo.com. Learn some of the early successes of the team’s efforts by exploring these individual stories.

MEET THE TEAM

Ofc Matthew Steiner
OfcSteinerBefore starting with the Largo Police Department, Officer Steiner had received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Officer Steiner has been a police officer with the City of Largo for 10 years and has served in multiple different capacities during his tenure. Officer Steiner was in patrol for five years before joining the Problem Oriented Policing Unit. Officer Steiner was in the Problem Oriented Policing Unit for approximately four years, until becoming the first Homeless Outreach Officer for the Largo Police Department. This new position within the Largo Police Department was created to form a new way of addressing people experiencing street homelessness. Ofc. Steiner is paired with a case worker from Directions For Living to help establish a rapport and create a better partnership when it comes to addressing issues of homelessness. Being able to create and mold this new position has been a very rewarding process for Ofc. Steiner and he is looking forward to helping those who are in need in the community. 

Ryan Wells
Ryan Wells received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2017. Since that time, he has been a Substance Abuse Counselor in Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Indiana as well as other capacities. Ryan moved to Florida in January of 2020 and has recently began the new position of Street Outreach Caseworker with Directions For Living. In this position, he has been paired with Officer Steiner of the Largo Police Department, where he provides casework for people experiencing street homelessness in the city of Largo.

March 01, 2021
The City of Largo is kicking off the new year with its monthly Sustainability Series Workshop. Hosted virtually and live on the City of Largo Facebook page (fb.com/CityofLargo) on select Saturday mornings throughout the year, participants can learn how Largo is going resilient, exploring ways that we can become more resilient, from the individual level to our shared community.
February 28, 2021
The City of Largo is holding a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday, March 2 at 5pm for its newest playground and shelters at Highland Recreation Complex.
February 28, 2021
Are you looking for a great place to work? Does going on a field trip or day in the sun while earning money sound like fun? Build skills for the future while enjoying your job.
February 24, 2021
Beginning in mid-March, Rosery Road from Missouri Avenue to the Walmart truck entrance will be undergoing construction for approximately 6 months. The City's construction contractor will be providing message boards beginning two weeks before the start of construction to alert drivers of the upcoming closure. Stay tuned to Largo.com for more information, including detour routes, or for questions, contact Engineering@largo.com.
February 14, 2021
The panel's recommendations and community input will be presented at a Commission Work Session on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 (4pm) and further evaluated by City leaders to consider all possibilities carefully. 
February 09, 2021

The City of Largo has been named a 2020 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation for its continued commitment to effective urban forest management. This marks the thirty-first year Largo has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation.

 

February 03, 2021

The City of Largo has earned the 2021 Top Workplaces USA award! The list of winners was announced by Energage, a purpose-driven organization that develops solutions to build and brand Top Workplaces.

August 17, 2020
The Downtown Plaza project is located on the southwest corner of the West Bay Drive and Seminole Boulevard. This public space is a passive park at the eastern gateway to Downtown Largo and features vertical landscaped monuments welcoming both drivers and pedestrians.
May 01, 2020
It is important we stay informed and connected, as a community, during this time. Check out the information below to stay informed and have your questions answered. We are in this together, Largo!