Housing Opportunities and Meaningful Engagement

The HOME team will engage homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals with substance use or co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness into services and supportive housing. The target population are individuals experiencing chronic homelessness who have long term histories in the emergency shelters in Seattle and King County, and include those who are more likely older adults, veterans and those disabled by behavioral health disorders.

The purpose and goal of this program are to engage, stably house and make needed services and treatment available to chronically homeless individuals identified as Long Term Shelter Stayers (LTSS) in Seattle and King County. The program will use an integrated and trauma-informed approach to connect with Veterans and non-Veterans to care, increase social inclusion and reduce health disparities. Individuals benefiting from this project will meet the definition of chronic homelessness and have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

In addition to engaging very high needs consumers into treatment, housing and mainstream benefit programs, other program goals and objectives include:

  • Support consumers’ recovery and housing stability throughout grant services
  • Assist consumers to successfully connect with ongoing mainstream medical and behavioral health services to promote their long-term health and well-being
  • Strengthen the ability of housing and service providers—and systems—to identify, prioritize and successfully assist this population
  • Create more capacity in shelter system by providing housing to shelter users that consume the majority of the shelter bed nights.

HOME is funded by a federal grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing for a period of three years beginning October 1, 2014. It will start serving individuals identied in January 2015 with a goal to serve and house 45 individuals in its first year and a total of 135 people over the course of three years.

Eligibility criteria

  • Single adults living in King County meeting the definition of chronic homelessness and identified as long term shelter stayers
  • Living with substance use disorders including co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders

Contact Us
For more information about DESC's HOME Team, please call (206)464-1570, or contact Christina Clayton, Clinical Programs Entry Services Manager at cclayton@desc.org.

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