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Homeless Outreach Services

Homeless Outreach Services consists of two components – Street Outreach and SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery).

Programs

Park Center's SOAR Coordinators work with individuals residing in Nashville (Davidson County) who are experiencing literal homelessness and have a severe and persistent mental illness where symptoms limit the individual's ability to maintain substantial gainful activity through employment (as determined by the Social Security Administration). The program consists of two components:

Street Outreach - identifies people living on the streets through outreach and engagement strategies; assists them in obtaining vital records; and offers case management, transportation and housing.

SOAR Outreach - works to increase access to SSI/SSDI (Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income) disability benefits for individuals by guiding them through the Social Security Application process.

Success Rate

Homeless Outreach Services is well established and has demonstrated a high level of success in assisting individuals with the SSI/SSDI application process and connecting them with critical services in the community. Since its inception in 2006, Homeless Outreach Services has assisted over 850 individuals in successfully obtaining disability benefits, an important first step to recovery, employment and housing.

Street Psychiatry Partnership

Park Center collaborates with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to provide psychiatric and basic medical care to individuals experiencing homelessness in Nashville. Each week, a Vanderbilt physician and residents accompany a Homeless Outreach staff member to non-traditional settings (streets, parks, homeless camps, etc.) to provide mental status exams, medication management, therapy and attend to other medical needs as appropriate to individuals who otherwise would not seek treatment in a hospital.

Eligibility

SOAR Outreach

  • For adults in Davidson County with a diagnosis of severe and persistent mental illness (not appropriate for those for whom physical disability is primary)
  • Must have been experiencing literal homelessness (living on the streets or other places not meant for human habitation) for one continuous year or longer OR have been literally homelessness four or more times (totaling up to at least 12 months) in the past three years
  • Cannot have an SSI/SSDI case currently pending
  • Must have mental illness diagnosis and medical records for twelve (12) months

Street Outreach

  • For adults in Davidson County with a diagnosis of severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorder or both
  • Must have been experiencing literal homelessness (living on the streets or other places not meant for human habitation) for one continuous year or longer OR have been literally homelessness four or more times (totaling up to at least 12 months) in the past three years

 

How To Apply

A completed referral form is required. To complete the online Referral Form, click here. 

 

 

Park Center empowers people who have mental illness and substance use disorders to live and work in their communities.

Hope

We believe individuals can be active and contributing members of their community by defining their lives apart from their mental illness

Choice

We believe that individual recovery is possible through loving care, educated choices and support services

Education

We believe that active and ongoing advocacy, education about mental illness and the recovery process are necessary in order to empower members and reduce stigma in our community

Quality

We believe that services should be continuously improved to align with current and emerging best practices