Hahn Supports Plan to Connect Homeless Patients to Permanent Housing
Downey, CA— Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has thrown her support behind a plan to better connect homeless patients leaving the hospital with permanent housing. The proposal is to install “recuperative care” beds at Rancho Los Amigos County Hospital in Downey where patients who are discharged from the hospital can stay during their recovery and be connected with County services and long-term housing solutions.
“There is a vicious cycle that exists for too many people experiencing homelessness,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “They go from sleeping on the streets, to sleeping in a hospital bed, to living back on the streets again. The idea behind these recuperative care beds is to not only give these people a place to recover with medical care, but to also connect them with County social workers who will help them put their lives back together and get them into permanent housing.”
Recuperative care beds are a part of LA County’s highly successful Housing for Health program. The program not only provides cost savings to taxpayers by shortening inappropriate hospital stays, over 90% of homeless patients who enter recuperative care leave with long-term housing. This is because every patient admitted to a recuperative care center is immediately connected with intensive case management services. While finding housing for individuals may time, case managers can take advantage of a patient’s recovery time to find a unit that is the right fit for the individual.
On Tuesday, March 13, the Board of Supervisors will consider Hahn’s motion to approve and establish the Rancho Los Amigos Recuperative Care Center in Building 900 on the hospital’s campus. While Building 900 is currently being used for in-patient care, it is expected to be vacant by this summer when patients are moved back into main hospital buildings when renovations are completed. This 78,000 square feet facility can accommodate up to 165 beds. The cost estimate for the project is $10,100,000.