Outley House

Frank Richardson
Program Manager 

The Office of Homeless Services (OHS) serves as the sole referral source for program participants deemed appropriate for Outley House Emergency Housing program. Participants are screened through the standard OHS Intake Center process with additional questions and information collection as needed. Outley House, named in honor of SELF, Inc. founder Dr. Sylvester Outley, serves single, adult men who are experiencing homelessness and are between the ages of 18 and 70+ years old.  The average length of stay in the emergency housing facility that serves approximately 177 men is nine months. While there are a number social and emergency related services available for families with children, there remains a significant gap in similar services for single men. Outley House participants have access to an array of services that include skill building platforms, personal and character development opportunities, behavioral and physical health services, education, independent living preparation, permanency planning, and access to resources and community contacts.

Outley House team members and partners provide:

  • Support designed to shorten emergency housing stays and promote rapid movement to permanent housing.  

  • Housing Focused Case Management (HFCS), which is critical to moving participants to permanent housing.  HFCS includes but is not be limited to an assessment of participant housing and housing-related needs soon after they enter emergency housing, the development of an individualized housing plan that includes housing directed goals and timetables, assessment of other service needs and referrals to the appropriate resources, and regular and consistent follow-up.

  • Timetables for completion of the goals are ambitious and coordinated with the 90-day target for movement to permanent housing.

  • A program focus that addresses the needs of the participant to develop the skills necessary to transition to independence and permanent housing.


 Evidence-based programs include:

  • Education Training (offered by the Office of Adult Education)

  • Structured leisure (evening and weekend) time

  • Employment Opportunities

  • Health Initiatives Offered by Temple University Medical Students

    • Wellness

    • Health Education

    • Resolving Medical Issues

  • Life Skills Development

    • Men Groups

    • Upkeep of Home and Surrounding Property

    • Recovery

    • Overcoming and Concurring Barriers

    • Personal Appearance

    • Grooming

    • Personal Hygiene

    • Budgeting

  • Community Connections and Supportive Relationships

    • Familiar Engagement and Involvement

    • Community Engagement and Involvement

    • Involvement with Local Civic, Cultural and Religious Institutions


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