Homeless High-Risk

header-title-decorationHomeless High-Risk

Whole Person Care is partnering with Housing for Health (HFH) to launch five programs dedicated in providing homeless care and support to participants. To view the Housing for Health Fact Sheet, please click here. Through these programs, WPC-LA identifies participants who are at high-risk for housing insecurity to be placed in one or more of the following programs (see below):

HCSS targets those housed in bridge or permanent housing through WPC-LA affiliated programs, HCSS teams provide comprehensive services to support eligible clients, including: outreach and engagement, assessment and care planning, ongoing monitoring and follow-up, linkage and accompaniment to appointments with physical and behavioral health providers, crisis interventions, transportation, benefits establishment and other social service supports, including assistance with life skills, education and vocational support, and navigation to permanent housing. WPC-LA programs do not pay for housing or housing subsidies.

Tenancy Support Services target all those housed through WPC-LA affiliated programs, tenancy support teams provide move in assistance and linkage to non-WPC-LA funded rental subsidies held in the LA County housing pool. This includes housing location services for WPC-LA clients who need special accommodations and housing retention services, including crisis intervention, health and safety visits, unit habitability inspections, and coordination with landlords to address unit or tenancy issues.  WPC-LA programs do not pay for housing or housing subsidies.

All individuals who are homelessness or at risk for homeless who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Chronic homelessness
  • Physical or mental disability
  • 2+ chronic medical or behavioral health (e.g. mental health or substance use disorder) condition
  • Recent or recurrent acute care utilization (e.g. multiple emergency visits or hospitalizations for medical or psychiatric issues)

Services Provided:

  • Outreach and engagement
  • Ongoing monitoring and follow-up
  • Linkage to health, mental health, and substance use disorder services
  • Establishment of benefits
  • Assistance with life and job skills, educational and vocational opportunities, and crisis intervention
  • Housing navigation and retention, and move-in assistance

Length of Service: The average length of service for Permanent Supportive Housing is indefinite.

 How to Refer

Refer within you Service Planning Area (SPA):

SPA 1 (661) 942-2758  SPA 5 (310) 396-6468

SPA 2 (818) 255-2703  SPA 6 (323) 948-0444

SPA 3 (626) 791-6610  SPA 7 (323) 644-2200

SPA 4 (310) 450-4050  SPA 8 (424) 276-3602

 To find a SPA within LA County, enter zip code on website http://gis.lacounty.gov/districtlocator/

Launched in January 2017, the Dr. David L. Murphy Sobering Center receives intoxicated individuals from the Skid Row area who are referred by E6 Street Teams and Skid Row community organizations. They are transported to the facility via law enforcement or referred from local Emergency Departments after evaluation. The Sobering Center helps those who are struggling with intoxication by providing a clean and well-maintained space to recover. Sobering Centers provide a safe place which operates 24/7 to sober up and link individuals to services that might help address their alcohol and drug use issues, and other needs.

Services Provided:

  • Medical triage
  • Participant beds
  • Oral rehydration and food service
  • Wound and dressing changes
  • Shower and laundry facilities
  • Linkage to substance use counseling, and treatment
  • Linkage to health and behavioral health services
  • Linkage to Homeless care support services as needed

Length of Service: The average length of stay in the sobering center is less than 24 hours

Note: This service is no longer available as it has been converted to a COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Site.

Interim Housing offers temporary short-term shelter in a stable environment to homeless individuals with complex health and/or mental illness, whose conditions would be worsened by living on the streets or in a shelter.

There are two types of Interim Housing:

Recuperative Housing

Recuperative Housing provides short-term residential care for individuals who are homeless and who are recovering from an acute illness or injury and whose condition would be exacerbated by living on the streets, in a shelter, or other unsuitable places. Recuperative Housing services provide hospitals with discharge options for homeless participants, which can reduce the length of hospital stays, decrease emergency room visits and/or hospital re-admissions.

Services Provided:

  • 24/7 health monitoring (general oversight of medical condition, monitoring of vital signs, wound care, medication monitoring, etc.)
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, wheelchair transfers, etc.)
  • Development and monitoring of a comprehensive homeless care support services plan
  • Linkage to health, mental health, and substance use disorder services
  • Enrollment in Benefits
  • Groups and social activities
  • Transportation
  • Facility operations
  • Coordination with permanent housing providers to support the transition of participants to permanent housing

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Persons who are homeless with complex, chronic physical and/or behavioral health conditions, including persons who have frequent visits to emergency departments or hospitals needing temporary housing.
  • Persons must be able to live independently, must be able to do daily life activities and do not need licensed residential care or skilled nursing facility level of care.
  • Willing and able to go to Recuperative Housing.

 Length of Service: The average length of service in Recuperative Housing is 3-6 months.

Stabilization Housing

Stabilization Housing provides temporary housing for individuals who are homeless and have complex, chronic physical and/or behavioral health conditions, including clients who have frequent visits to emergency departments or hospitals.

Services Provided:

  • Development and monitoring of a comprehensive homeless care support services plan
  • Linkage to health, mental health, and substance use disorder services
  • Enrollment in Benefits
  • Groups and social activities
  • Transportation
  • Facility operations
  • Coordination with permanent housing providers to support the transition of participants to permanent housing

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Persons who are homeless with complex, chronic physical and/or behavioral health conditions, including persons who have frequent visits to emergency departments or hospitals needing temporary housing.
  • Persons must be able to live independently, must be able to do daily life activities and do not need licensed residential care or skilled nursing facility level of care.
  • Willing and able to go to Stabilization Housing.

 Length of Service: The average length of service in Stabilization Housing is 3-6 months.

How to Refer:

CBEST provides targeted advocacy to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in obtaining sustainable income through programs such as Social Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Services Provided: Eligible individuals receive comprehensive-benefits advocacy services. The program, known as Countywide Benefits Entitlement Services Team (C-BEST), includes outreach to participants who are homeless and who are potentially eligible for SSI/SSDI benefits, such as:

  • Screening and assessment to ensure participants meet medical and non-medical requirements for SSI/SSDI
  • Coordination of health and mental health records to support the SSI/SSDI application
  • Assistance with obtaining additional health and mental health documentation as needed
  • Legal consultation for complex claims, appeals, and hearings
  • Internal quality assurance reviews
  • Liaising with Social Security Administration and State of California Department of Social Services Disability Determination Services
  • Filing for reconsideration of denied applications
  • Coordination with health, behavioral health and Permanent Supportive Housing – Intensive Case Management Service providers who serve the participant

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Over 65 years of age
  • Have a physical or mental health disability
  • Not currently receiving SSI or SSDI benefits

 Length of Service: The CBEST program has no average length of service and is dependent on the need of the beneficiary.

How to Refer:
Refer within your Service Planning Area (SPA):

SPA 1 (661) 948-8559  SPA 2 (818) 342-5897

SPA 3 (626) 593-2364  SPA 4 (213) 529-0979

SPA 5 (310) 396-6468  SPA 6 (323) 432-4363

SPA 7 (562) 373-5264  SPA 8 (562) 599-1321

To find a SPA within LA County, enter zip code on website http://gis.lacounty.gov/districtlocator/