One of the primary functions of Mercy Hospice is to assist and support women in their search for permanent housing. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, there were 112 clients discharged having an average length of stay of 112 days, with 53 % discharged to more independent housing. In 2012-2013, there were 94 clients discharged, having an average length of stay of 93 days, with 48 % of the discharges to more independent housing. In 2012-2013, 10 % of discharges were self discharges, whereas in 2013-2014, 13 % of discharges were self discharges.
In preparation for moving towards independent housing, the case management staff assists the women with obtaining incomes and identification. They also assist with making connections to medical care, mental health care, and with assisting reunification with their children.