Outreach Community Health Centers (OCHC) provides a number of programs, services and resources to assist individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders and individuals needing shelter or housing. Traditional Outreach assists individuals in finding shelter or housing. For example, OCHC helps clients obtain identification, retrieve birth certificates, claim SSI benefits and gain referrals for medical services.
 

Rapid Re-housing

OCHC operates 60 units of Rapid Re-housing for homeless families and individuals.
 

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)

SOAR assists eligible homeless individuals in applying for SSI and SSDI benefits.

 

Projects for Assistance in the Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

PATH is an outreach and case management program for individuals experiencing both homelessness and mental illness. This program helps consumers gain access to various services and programs that will help them transition from homelessness to sustainable housing.
 

Street Outreach

Street Outreach Services provides assistance to people residing on the street, in encampments, facing homelessness and transitioning from shelter life to housing.

 

Milwaukee Continuum Supportive Services Project (MCSSP)

OCHC’s newest effort on behalf of the homeless is the Milwaukee Continuum Supportive Services Project. MCSSP is a partnership with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division, OCHC and other community-based providers, targeting homeless persons with chronic drug and/or alcohol addiction. The program provides case management, housing placement, evidence based treatment, benefit application assistance and linkage to employment services in an effort to reduce homelessness and improve the health of this population.
 

Linkages to Care

This initiative helps to identify and link individuals living with or at high risk of HIV to appropriate levels of care.