Homeless Outreach

Project HOMI (Homeless Outreach to People with Mental Illnesses) offers an array of mobile outreach and case management services that provide homeless, mentally ill individuals with food, clothing, toiletries, counseling and linkage to social services, treatment programs, shelter, and permanent housing. Current services include:

  • Mobile, van-based outreach one weekday evening in Morristown and one weekday evening in Dover by two-person teams who offer food, clothing, toiletries, supplies and help getting connected to emergency shelter and other services.
  • Daily outreach by case managers at the Morristown Soup Kitchen including assessment of individuals for placement in the Safe Haven beds at Homeless Solutions.
  • Two days per week outreach and support services by a case manager at the Dover Soup Kitchen and the Dover Resource Center.
  • As-needed outreach and case management for individuals sheltered in the Safe Haven (through collaboration with Homeless Solutions) and in motels (through collaboration with the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance).
  • Up to 12 months of individualized supportive housing service for individuals moved off the streets into permanent supportive housing.

How to Make a Referral:
If you know someone who is homeless and appears to need assertive outreach and linkage to mental health services as a means of moving from homelessness to housing, please call Kelly Hale at 973-334-3496, Ext 503.

MEASURING OUR IMPACT

Homeless Outreach Services (HOMI)

Although Morris County is one of the most affluent counties in the country, it still has a significant number of homeless people.  The staff of the Homeless Outreach Program (HOMI) seeks out homeless people with mental illnesses wherever they are; whether it be on the streets, in a hotel, soup kitchen, or shelter. This program helps people with mental illness to get, and then keep, permanent housing.  Staff also works to make sure that homeless mentally ill individuals are linked to services and resources that will foster their wellness.

In 2014, HOMI provided services to 174 homeless people. Of these individuals:

•    100% of all homeless individuals opened for case management were linked to motel placement, temporary shelter and/or permanent housing within 30 days.
•    95% of all homeless individuals housed remained housed for 6 months or more.
•    100% of all individuals opened for case management were linked to medical treatment.
•    98% of all individuals opened for case management were linked to mental health treatment.
•    98% of all individuals opened for case management were linked to a stable source of revenue.
•    100% of HOMI clients surveyed in 2014 indicated that HOMI helped them with the process of getting permanent housing.
•    100% of HOMI clients surveyed in 2014 indicated that HOMI helped them with the process of keeping permanent housing.