Homelessness is a nationwide problem and Iowa is no exception. There are no single answers to remedy the situation, only the hard work and compassion of dedicated individuals and organizations like Hillcrest will help make lives better for the homeless population. And we’ve seen some wonderful results. Through our homeless outreach programs, and working collaboratively with other service providers, we treat people with brain health illnesses and those suffering with issues of substance abuse who are chronically homeless or in imminent risk of being homeless.
Our particular efforts include assistance with obtaining shelter and other basic needs, applying for Section 8 housing subsidies, help with prescription and medication costs, assistance with obtaining income support, and working with other resources to provide alcohol and drug abuse and brain health counseling and case management. Hillcrest is a recipient of PATH funds which are used in part to assist persons experiencing homelessness.
If you are at risk of homelessness, or you know someone that is at risk, please contact us for assistance. We can help you.
In the last year, we have been working with three men who were chronically homeless for years. Two of the three have alcohol problems and the third has a brain injury trauma. Through our work with agencies such as the Jail Diversion Program, the local court system, Iowa Department of Human Services and Hillcrest Supported Living, the three men have been living in apartments for over six months and their demeanors are completely different; they are very open to receiving supportive services.
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