Homeless Outreach Services
Having a stable and secure home is vitally important to recovery and resiliency as well as to an individual’s sense of worth. In general, people are able to thrive with the right kind of support in an environment that is safe and one where they can call home. We offer intensive services for those suffering from homelessness to assist in helping clients gain and maintain stable independent housing solutions. To talk to someone from our homeless outreach teams feel free to call our direct referral line at 253-396-5065.
Positive Interactions is a homeless outreach response service for the homeless individuals who are impacting the businesses of the City of Tacoma. This team strives to offer tailored services to the businesses of Tacoma who are affected by those that are homeless. The team will respond, meet with the business owner, and try to find solutions and resources for those that are suffering from homelessness.
The Projects of Assistance in Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH) Program is a federally funded outreach program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who are homeless. This program is also available to those persons with co-occurring substance use disorders. Community outreach services are offered one step at a time at a pace that is comfortable for those who may find it difficult to trust the social services system and caregivers. PATH team members are always willing to meet individuals figuratively and literally where the individuals are at.
We also offer HUD-subsidized housing for adults with serious mental illness. These services are integrated with our other counseling, case management and community support services designed to assist individuals to locate, secure and maintain permanent, independent housing which is safe and secure.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) helps states and communities increase access to Social Security disability benefits for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center develops and provides systems planning, training, and technical assistance to support the implementation of SOAR nationwide.
As part of the State’s Targeted Response (STR) to the opioid epidemic, Comprehensive Life Resources has received a grant to help those that are high utilizers of the Emergency Department at the community hospitals due to complications from opioid addiction. This team partners with Tacoma Detox, hospitals, jails, and other community providers to connect those that have Opioid Addiction to medically assisted treatment, housing, and/or resources. All members of the STR team are recovery coaches that have a history that includes recovery from opioids.
The MCIRT project seeks to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness, substance abuse, and/or unmet medical needs by providing therapeutic alternatives in the community resulting in reduced contact with first responders. We seek to:
- Reduce the number of people with behavioral health (mental and substance use disorders) that use costly interventions such as jail, emergency rooms, and hospitals.
- Reduce the utilization of calls to the Emergency Management System from individuals who are not getting their medical needs met due to lack of self-care, lack of community support and connection to resources.
The team primarily collaborates with EMS, MOCT, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to determine local concentrations of people in the target population. Special attention will be given to focus on individuals who might otherwise be brought to a hospital emergency department or arrested for minor crimes and taken to jail.