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 literally meet people where they are, geographically and holistically, to 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.
The team works to locate eligible persons, then assessing them and providing access to survival services such as food, clothing, shelter, showers, and laundry. Acute mental and physical health needs are also met. They provide intensive case management and stabilization services with a full range of community support and treatment. Additionally, HOST staff develop and maintain links to critical resources such as housing, psychiatric and physical health care, financial entitlements, and other ancillary support clients may need.
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.