RHD’s Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center serves adults who are homeless in Montgomery County. Each year, CHOC serves more than 300 individuals. About one-third of the population at CHOC is female, and 75 percent have at least one disability, including mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, chronic health conditions, and developmental disabilities. The average length of stay is between 60-70 days.
CHOC has a 50-bed shelter for single men and women. Criteria for entering CHOC includes
• Over 17 years of age
• Montgomery County resident
• No other options for housing
Code Blue Shelter
When winter conditions pose a serious threat of harm or death to homeless individuals, CHOC operates a shelter in Lansdale that houses up to 20 men until the Code Blue ends. CHOC also operates a winter shelter in Pottstown from November through April.
Outreach workers engage individuals still living on the streets and needing health and/or behavioral health services, shelter, food, and clothing.
Participants receive assistance with housing, benefits counseling, health and behavioral support coordination and general counseling to ensure that individuals get the services and support they need to move forward.