The H.O.P.E. of a Police Officer
Connecting the city’s homeless with caring social workers is part of Officer Coppi’s job.
As a sworn police officer for the City of West Covina, Officer Coppi is assigned to the Homeless Outreach and Parks Enforcement (H.O.P.E.) Team. His department helps get the homeless off the streets and connects them with Los Angeles Housing Service Authority (LAHSA) social workers to find affordable housing.
He’s seen plenty of tough situations, but even he had no idea how this story would end.
It all began on a hot summer day when Officer Kyle Clifton discovered a family of five living inside their car. The family consisted of a mother and father, and three young children between the ages of three and nine. One child had special needs.
After speaking with the family, Officer Coppi discovered that the father had recently been laid off from his job. Unable to pay rent, the family was evicted from their home.
Officer Clifton recognized this family was in crisis and desperate need of help. He notified fellow H.O.P.E. Officers Anthony Coppi and Jeff Mosley. The H.O.P.E. Team and LAHSA combined resources to locate the family.
On July 16, 2019, they found them at a nearby fast food location. The family had been forced to visit various fast food establishments during the day to escape the sweltering heat. When they could, they would use free Wi-Fi to make phone calls attempting to find help to get off the streets.
The H.O.P.E. Team partnered with LAHSA to get the family access to services and hotel vouchers.
Within hours, the family was moved to a hotel. When the mother received news that she and her children would sleep in a bed that night and not in their car, she hugged her daughter and broke into tears.
The next morning the mother sent a message to the H.O.P.E. Team and LAHSA. She included a photograph showing the children sleeping in a bed for the first time in a long time. The message read:
Because of your help, my babies got to sleep good last night, thank you.
On July 18, 2019, the West Covina Police Department posted the story to their Facebook page. An outpouring of community support came in the form of donations to further assist the family.
Officer Anthony Coppi had the privilege of presenting the donations to the parents. The entire family was extremely grateful for the overwhelming support from the community.
We are happy to share that the family recently found a long-term housing solution.
“Homelessness and how it affects all of us has been a very hot topic lately. This story shows that hope is not lost.” – Officer Coppi.
About Officer Coppi
Officer Coppi has been a member of F&A Federal Credit Union since 2001. We applaud him and his H.O.P.E. Team for their acts of heroism and thank them for their service to the community. Stories featured in F&A’s Member Heroism Campaign receive a $250 cash award. Officer Coppi generously donated his award to the family.