The Hearth Outreach Program
About the Program
Expanding the Program
In 2010, Outreach expanded, adding two new case managers, including one at-risk case manager who is focusing on preventing vulnerable elders from becoming homeless..
Hearth's Outreach Program was selected as a 2009 Social Innovator by the Cambridge- based Social Innovation Forum.
Hearth's Outreach Program seeks to reach all people ages 50 or above who are currently living on Boston's streets and in homeless shelters or are at risk of homelessness. Staff canvas 10 Boston homeless shelter programs weekly to identify and place homeless elders in permanent housing.
Before, during, and after placement, they help to ensure that their elderly clients are able to maintain long-term housing by:
- providing direct assistance to identify and obtain safe, affordable housing;
- facilitating access to
- physical health,
- mental health,
- and other critical social services;
- stabilizing them within their homes;
- and helping them build social and community networks.