Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals
A chronically homeless individual has been continuously homeless for a year or more OR had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years and has been living in a place not meant for human habitation or an emergency shelter. S/he must also have a disabling condition and be unaccompanied. (As defined by HUD)
Hard-to-reach, street-homeless adults who have severe mental illness and have been unable or unwilling to participate in supportive services are provided permanent housing in Safe Havens.
Persons living on the street can get help including housing, physical and mental health care through outreach.
Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES)
Chronically homeless individuals can take shelter in the SWES when weather conditions drop below 25 degrees including wind chill. SWES provides basic needs such as food, shelter, case management and other related services.
Severe Weather Emergency Shelter
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net
Services During Heat Emergencies
Homeless and chronically homeless individuals have several options to keep safe during times of extreme heat. Information about drop-in centers, street outreach and multi-service providers is available on the Cooling Tips page.