Who We Will Help
The primary target population for the new Camillus House campus is adult men and women who are considered to be chronically homeless. In Miami-Dade County, Camillus House estimates that there are between 600 to 1,000 chronically homeless individuals, the majority of them residing within the City of Miami.
Individuals who are chronically homeless are typically more resistant to services and more difficult to engage into treatment and maintain on jobs and in housing. Therefore, Camillus House will employ a one-stop center approach to reach these individuals, which includes outreach, engagement and treatment methods specifically targeting the unique needs of this difficult-to-reach population.
Although Camillus House will primarily target persons who are chronically homeless at the new site, we will also serve a wide range of other persons who are or are at risk of becoming homeless in Miami-Dade County. We estimate that, once fully operational, we will serve approximately 3,000 individuals per year.
Overnight guests and clients:
Depending on their needs, more than 1,000 persons will participate in these programs with lengths of stay varying from a few days to a year or longer:
• Overnight shelter beds (48 beds for men and women).
• Mental illness and substance abuse treatment (128 beds for men and women).
• Job readiness (64 beds for men and women in job training, job placement or new job start-up).
• Permanent safe haven housing (80 one-bedroom apartments for men and women).
• Short stay medical respite (20 beds for men and women).
Walk-in services for the general community and former clients:
An additional 2,000 persons will be served by on-site community housing, job placement and aftercare programs.
Integrated with a variety of employment, social service and clinical treatment programs the new campus will provide important capacity improvements to Camillus' current system of care including 152 more additional beds (an 80-unit apartment building), and the addition of emergency housing and residential treatment for women and Spanish-speaking individuals.
The campus also will provide the following services:
• Emergency, treatment, and permanent housing beds.
• Basic human services of food, clothing, showers, and overnight shelter.
• Primary health care.
• Residential and outpatient treatment for mental illness and addiction.
• HIV/AIDS prevention education, counseling, and testing.
• Employment training.