THE HEART PROJECT
The HEART (Housing Emergency Assistance Response Team) Project’s unique approach combines housing with consistent, supportive services and resources for chronically homeless individuals in our community, helping them develop and achieve
their short and long-term goals for health and housing stability.
HEART is focused on ending the cycle of chronic homelessness in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for people who have been living on the streets for an extended period of time. The HEART approach combines housing as an immediate intervention with consistent, supportive services for highly vulnerable persons in our community, so they can become stable in their housing and better engage in the community.
HEART focuses on a population that has difficulty accessing traditional services, are chronically
homeless and often suffer from a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction. They are frequently institutionalized, use emergency medical services as primary care, and are reluctant or refuse to use traditional homeless shelters.
The HEART Peer Support Specialist is part of the CwD staff, lives in the same apartment complex with program participants and is available 24-7 to support HEART residents as they become stable in their housing and engage in their communities.