The security ministry has created a special unit of police to mingle with and provide food, clothing and other assistance to the homeless. The unit last was on the San Jose streets Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The effort is not considered just charity. Raúl Rivera Bonilla, director of the Unidades Especializadas, said that the action allows police to learn the realities of the street and take preventative actions. The unit was created last year.
Although the numbers are uncertain, one estimate is that there are 800 homeless in the metro area.