Most street outreach is there to meet basic needs (food, blankets, supplies, etc.), point the way to other services, and build relationships with people living on the streets. Such support is crucial to their survival. We provide it, too. But Victory Programs’ Mobile Prevention Team is, first and foremost, a prevention team.
Of the 2,400 people served in 2020, nearly 9 out of 10 had substance use and/or mental health issues. Over half tested positive for Hepatitis C and a fifth for HIV. Many became homeless because of failure to manage these and other existing medical conditions. Only half had access to healthcare apart from emergency rooms, and those who did were usually not getting regular treatment.
We actively seek those who are most difficult to reach and least likely to be receiving services. Below are just some of the services the MPT offers at shelter and day programs throughout the city, at Victory Programs’ drop-in locations, and on the street with its Mobile Prevention Van. For a more robust look at our services, visit our MPT Connect to Services page.
- Free, confidential HIV, Hepatitis C, and STD testing.
- Overdose education and Naloxone (Narcan) distribution (a medication that can reverse opioid overdose).
- Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) support
- Hepatitis C Support
- Health Navigation
- Peer Support for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals
- Health Education/Risk Reduction Workshops