Supported by a grant, the Road2Home Team consists of case managers, outreach specialists, peer specialists, a housing stabilization specialist, a benefits specialist, and a vocational specialist. The Team’s primary goal is to provide support and housing stabilization services to chronically homeless individuals, as well as to Veterans.
Although the grant does not include housing itself, the Road2Home staff will assist this vulnerable population in gaining access to any permanent housing opportunities that are available. Once housed, the Road2Home staff will continue to support individuals in addressing any challenges that may arise and help the individuals become stable in their new home.
Who Can Benefit?
Single, chronically homeless adults who have behavioral health disorders (Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, or both), and/or Veterans who have a behavioral health disorder (Veterans do not have to meet the chronic homeless definition (see below) in order to qualify under this grant.)
What Does Chronically Homeless Mean?
An individual lives in (check one):
- A place not meant for human habitation, or
- An emergency shelter, or
- A safe haven – housing that serves hard-to-reach homeless persons with severe mental illness who came from the streets and have been unwilling or unable to participate in supportive services. Additionally, the housing must provide 24-hour residence for eligible persons for an unspecified period, have an overnight capacity limited to 25 or fewer persons, and provide low-demand services and referrals for the residents
- The individual has been homeless and living as described above continuously for at least 12 months or on at least 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years, [where each homeless occasion was at least 15 days] as long as the combined occasions equal at least 12 months and each break in homelessness separating the occasions included at least 7 consecutive nights of not living as described in one of the above settings. Stays in institutional care facilities for fewer than 90 days will not constitute a break in homelessness, but rather such stays are included in the 12-month total, as long as the individual was living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or an emergency shelter immediately before entering the institutional care facility; or
- Has been residing in an institutional care facility, including a jail, substance abuse, or mental health treatment facility, hospital, or other similar facility, for fewer than 90 days and met all of the criteria above before entering that facility.
Corinne Santana or Sherry Owens