It’s hard to imagine being able to get healthy without having a safe, stable place to call home. Heartland Health Outreach believes that housing is healthcare, the very foundation that allows homeless individuals and families to engage in medical services and consistently take their medications.
HHO leases more than 350 apartments across the city, providing supportive housing to participants who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. Housing services target people who are homeless and severely mentally ill or addicted, individuals with chronic illnesses, including HIV, and people in treatment for tuberculosis.
Participants are expected to pay 30 percent of their income in rent. HHO’s community support teams and case managers assist participants in locating an appropriate apartment, moving in, getting the furnishings needed and building the skills required to successfully live in the community. Each year, HHO provides more than 50,000 nights of safe, stable housing to more than 300 participants.