Homeless Outreach Stabilization and Transition (HOST)
HOST strives to open up a safe space and empower the most vulnerable members of our community significantly impacted by severe and persistent mental illness. We travel throughout Seattle to literally meet our clients where they’re at: encampments, shelters, street corners, day centers, hospitals, etc. HOST case managers provide unconditional support, education, and advocacy to people experiencing homelessness. With a person-centered, unconventional approach, HOST says yes when other services have said no.
HOST is an interdisciplinary team of 16 mental health, substance use disorder and medical professionals. Together, they interrupt the cycle of homelessness and instability for people and ensure a smooth transition to a mainstream mental health provider.
Recognized for Excellence:
The U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA) and the Downtown Seattle Association has recognized HOST for their exemplary work. For 11 years, the HOST team has provided annual training to SPD’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in appropriate ways to engage mentally ill individuals in crisis. More than 300 SPD officers have attended this training. In addition, HOST trains Seattle Public Library and Parks Dept staff, homeless shelters and human services organizations, churches and community groups about interacting with mentally ill people.