LTLC has always gone above and beyond to bring clients into the shelter from the streets for housing and community supports. Our staff target those living on the streets to provide lifesaving services to address serious medical, mental health and/or substance abuse problems. This includes connecting clients to the Lowell Community Health Center (LCHC), Lowell House, South Bay Mental Health, several VNA programs and Eliot Community Human Services. These collaborations have resulted in greater adherence with treatment programs that can directly impact the long term goal of housing stabilization. As the connection to the shelter for someone coming from the streets, LTLC outreach helps to ease the transition and remains a stabilizing force for a population in crisis.
What does an outreach worker do to solve homelessness and save lives?
- They can identify locations throughout the City where the most chronically homeless congregate.
- They establish a rapport that often leads to referral for much needed health care services and mutual understanding of desired outcomes.
- They liaison with other service providers to support the homeless individual.
- They provide intervention services and transportation to medical, detox, emergency, and crisis centers.
- Continued support: They maintain ongoing relationships and connect people to programs that lead to housing and independence.