HCAM’s Homeless Services Program conducts community-based, targeted street and site-based outreach and case management services to individuals currently experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk for homelessness. Our team of advocates engages with homeless individuals on the street and encampments, in local shelters, at drop-in centers, and elsewhere in the community and partner with them to identify barriers to their housing needs. These barriers typically involve chronic addictions, mental illness and challenges associated with their exposure to trauma, untreated medical conditions, loss of income, and lack of affordable supportive housing. Typically, our Homeless Advocates engage with individuals over a period of weeks and months to establish trust and rapport prior to securing their enrollment in program services.
Once enrolled, HCAM’s advocates provide homeless individuals with housing resources, assistance enrolling in health insurance, linkage to primary care and behavioral health treatment, acquisition of identification documents, among other supportive services. All service delivery is implemented to reach client’s short-term and long-term goals of self-sufficiency and housing stability.
In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Human Services and the Journey Home, a federal initiative designed to make homelessness rare and brief, the HCAM Homeless Services team is an integral player in identifying and screening some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents.
Funding: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Emergency Solutions Grant; Emergency and Transitional Housing Grant; and the Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program) | Mayor’s Office of Human Services |The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.