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Homeless Services

430 Niagara Street, Buffalo (716) 856-9711

3 in 10 homeless Americans have a serious mental illness

Homeless_man_web_3_4.jpgLake Shore has been providing a wide range of services to homeless individuals with mental illnesses since 1989.  We practice a "housing first" approach with getting individuals "off the streets" as our first priority.

Once stable housing is achieved, our mobile team of experienced case managers and housing specialists assist in establishing links with other needed services such as mental health and substance abuse counseling, psychiatric evaluations and medication therapy and vocational training.

  • Assistance in locating and obtaining housing
  • Referrals and linkage to other needed services
  • Mental health and substance abuse counseling
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Vocational assessment and linkage to training

 Harambee House (Safe Haven)

108 Sycamore St., Buffalo (716) 218-2400Safe_Haven_4189_Retouched_ed_2_sm.jpg

A residential facility providing single-occupancy, permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals eighteen years and older with mental illness.  As a Safe Haven, Harambee House is a low-demand environment which focuses on providing residential stability without requiring preadmission adherence to treatment modalities or abstinence from abused substances.

Harambee House accommodates sixteen residents in single rooms within the house.  It provides prepared meals, on-site laundry facilities, personal storage space, case management, 24-hour supervision and peer support.  Activities and daily living skills are taught and residents are encouraged to participate in meal and social planning.  Additionally, the staff assist residents in linking to services in the community.  The program provides permanent housing and , as such, does not limit length of stay.  However, as residents attain greater self confidence, skills and psychiatric stability, they are encouraged to consider more independent levels of housing in the community such as apartments or studios where they can exercise greater autonomy.