Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC)
139 West Main Street
Norristown, PA - 19401
The Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center, the only year-round, 24/7, emergency housing service for single adults experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County, is a partnership between Montgomery Countys Office of Behavioral Health and Resources for Human Development. CHOC serves homeless adult men and women in Montgomery County. CHOCs two wings include a day center where clients can meet with a caseworker, receive their mail, wash their clothes, apply for benefits, or attend group meetings; the smaller wing is a 50- to 80-bed overnight shelter. In addition to emergency shelter, CHOC provides street outreach, service counseling, transportation, rapid rehousing, meals, clothing, life skills and benefits counseling.
RHDs Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center serves adults who are homeless in Montgomery County. Each year, CHOC serves more than 300 individuals. About one-third of the population at CHOC is female, and 75 percent have at least one disability, including mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, chronic health conditions, and developmental disabilities. The average length of stay is between 60-70 days.
CHOC has a 50-bed shelter for single men and women. Criteria for entering CHOC includes
- Over 17 years of age
- Montgomery County resident
- No other options for housing
Code Blue Shelter
When winter conditions pose a serious threat of harm or death to homeless individuals, CHOC operates a shelter in Lansdale that houses up to 20 men until the Code Blue ends. CHOC also operates a winter shelter in Pottstown from November through April.