Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement (HOME) Program

HOME Team member connecting client to Project Roomkey

The Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement (HOME) program provides field-based outreach, engagement, support, and treatment to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness.  Services are provided by addressing basic needs; conducting clinical assessments; providing street psychiatry; and providing linkage to appropriate services (including mental health services substance abuse treatment and shelter).

HOME serves individuals 18 and over who are experiencing chronic unsheltered homelessness and who have profound mental health needs and associated impairments.  These vulnerable and disengaged individuals struggle with securing appropriate food, clothing, and shelter due to their mental illness.  In addition, they may have critical deficits in hygiene and communication, and are generally highly avoidant of services.  They are unable to live safely in the community and require specialized mental health services to secure and sustain housing.

Most referrals are submitted by generalist homeless outreach providers who identify individuals with high service needs, severe impairment, and require more specialized and intensive support than general outreach teams can provide.  Members of the public may initiate a referral to a general homeless outreach team through the Los Angeles Homeless Outreach portal at ww.LA-HOP.org Individuals will be triaged to a HOME team if the person meets the criteria. Homeless outreach providers should complete HOME Referral Form and email it to HOME@dmh.lacounty.gov