LifeLong Medical Care recognizes housing as a core health issue and together with community partners has developed a robust permanent supportive housing program to improve the quality of life for homeless adults. The LifeLong Supportive Housing Program (SHP) brings health and social services into subsidized affordable housing so that tenants with histories of homelessness can achieve housing stability and improve their quality of life.
The Supportive Housing Program offers services to nearly 600 tenants at 13 different housing sites within Alameda County, as well as to residents living in individual subsidized units scattered throughout the county. Services provided at the sites are a collaborative effort involving LifeLong (service provider), housing owners and property management. The collaborative team works to address internal issues as well as interacting with funders, neighbors and local government.
The following services are provided to all LifeLong Supportive Housing Program patients:
- Comprehensive, intensive case management
- Housing stabilization and eviction prevention
- Benefits advocacy and money management
- Primary medical care
- Mental health care
- Substance abuse services
- Employment/vocational support
- Benefits advocacy
- Community building activities
The LifeLong Supportive Housing Program also participates in the following projects:
COACH/Square 1 Project
LifeLong Medical Care, supported by the City of Berkeley and in collaboration with Berkeley Mental Health, conducts street outreach to the chronically homeless in order to connect them to subsidized housing. LifeLong case managers provide supportive services with a focus on finding and maintaining stable housing in the community. Mental health services are provided through Berkeley Mental Health or LifeLong Medical Care.
OPRI - Oakland PATH Re-housing Initiative
LifeLong Medical Care, in collaboration with the City of Oakland, ABODE services, Operation Dignity and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services conducts outreach to the chronically homeless living in encampments in Oakland in order to connect them to subsidized housing. The LifeLong case managers provide supportive services with a focus on finding and maintaining stable housing in the community. Primary care and mental health services are provided by LifeLong.
Project RESPECT – Frequent Users of the Emergency Department
LifeLong Medical Care case managers work with Highland Hospital and Alta Bates/Summit Hospital ED staff to identify and outreach to frequent users of the Emergency Department (10 or more visits a year). The majority are chronically homeless and mentally ill adults who use the ED for services that are more appropriately provided in community settings. LifeLong provides case management, primary care, mental health, housing assistance, benefits advocacy (in collaboration with Homeless Action Center), and transportation assistance.
Every Vet Home – Supportive Services for Veteran Families
This project, newly funded by the Veteran’s Administration, will provide outreach, case management and short-term housing subsidies to reduce homelessness for veterans and their families and to support them with achieving improved quality of life. The project is a county wide collaboration with LifeLong Medical Care, Abode Services (lead agency, housing specialists and south county case management provider), Operation Dignity (outreach), and Building Futures for Women and Children (mid-county case management).