Do you know? Lack of employment and chronic health conditions are two of the top five reasons for Minnesota’s ongoing homeless population (Wilder Research, 2015). And 83 percent of homeless adults have either one or more significant mental illness, chronic health condition, or a substance abuse disorder. Nearly two-thirds are unemployed.
People are surprised to learn Avivo plays a huge role in helping end homelessness. Homelessness intersects with nearly every one of our employment, addiction treatment, and mental health programs. Our housing case management team members are experts in connecting individuals, experiencing chronic homelessness, to healthcare, housing, mental health services, and community support. Men and women in our treatment programs find housing, often for the first time.
We are the place where individuals who struggle with the greatest barriers can connect to employment services or training and create bridges to achieving housing and stability.
Jimmijoe lived half of his life on the streets. When an Avivo counselor connected with him, she learned he’d had a heart attack and was struggling with severe mental illness. She connected him to primary care, mental health services, and housing. Living in his apartment now for two years, Avivo’s supportive services make all the difference in the world!
546 individuals who were formerly homeless obtained stable housing
of individuals served live at federal poverty level or below
120 individuals experiencing homelessness living at Catholic Charities’ Higher Ground will take an Avivo career education course and connect with employment services for a career position.
Pictured left to right: Christine Law-Chapman, Avivo career counselor; Albert Munn, Catholic Charities Higher Ground case manager; Neal F., participant graduate; Katherine Brandt, Catholic Charities employment specialist; Heather Olheiser, Avivo training specialist.