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Outreach is a crucial aspect of VeraMax House (VMH). It allows us to have a presence in the community and connect with potential clients.

As part of our outreach efforts VMH staff has begun collaborating with the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). Established in 2004 the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) consists of caseworkers who conduct outreach to those living on the streets. The team offers benefits such as medical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment and transitional housing opportunities.

Once a month, VMH Case Managers will go on outreach with the HOT team. On my first go round with HOT, I learned so much and realized the crucial importance of our collaboration with them. Instead of clients coming to them, the HOT team uses van transportation to locate their clients and other homeless individuals directly on the streets.

With limited staff at VMH it’s important to have a team to conduct outreach for safety reasons. The experience and knowledge of the case workers with the HOT team have benefited VMH greatly and I look forward to learning more from our collaboration.

Hailey Pobanz, MSW

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