In August 2012, Oakland County Health Division convened a group of community partners who serve homeless and vulnerable populations to discuss their experiences, identify concerns, share ideas, and develop a plan to address the needs of these clients. The initial discussion centered on the barriers that exist in obtaining/providing services to clients experiencing homelessness and actions this group could take to overcome these barriers. Basic needs such as lack of identification and transportation prevent clients from obtaining healthcare, housing, employment, education and other human services.
During the meetings, members received information on community organizations and resources through presentations, networking, and taskforce/partnership updates, as well as addressing homeless healthcare issues. Over 125 representatives from 70 different human service providers, housing agencies, mental health care providers, health care providers, and hospitals have attended the meetings.
Vision: To improve the health and well-being of persons experiencing homelessness in Oakland County.
Mission: Connecting community and health care organizations to coordinate resources for persons experiencing homelessness.
Under the Homeless Healthcare Collaboration, we have two task force groups and an ad-hoc committee: