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The newly created Housing for Health (HFH) Division at the Department of Health Services (DHS) is focused on creating housing opportunities for homeless patients and clients. Access to community-based housing options is an important element of our evolving County health care system, particularly in response to the unique opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act.

By housing homeless persons who have been high-utilizers of DHS services with complex medical and behavioral health conditions we hope to achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve the health and well-being of a vulnerable population that typically experiences long episodes of homelessness, high rates of disability, multiple un-treated health conditions, and early mortality.
  • Reduce costs to the public health system incurred by a relatively small, but costly cohort of individuals, whom due to their lack of housing, remain hospitalized for greater lengths of time and/or have repeated and unnecessary contact with the public health system.
  • Demonstrate DHS’ commitment to the important goals of the Home for Good Plan designed to significantly improve living conditions for homeless people within Los Angeles County.

Permanent supportive housing, the cornerstone of HFH’s approach, includes decent, safe, and affordable housing linked to a flexible array of support services. These on-site or roving supportive services along with access to medical and behavioral health care are integral to achieving housing stability, improved health status, and greater levels of independence and economic security.

The HFH Division at DHS is committed to working with our DHS colleagues as well as other governmental and community partners to achieve a significant reduction in street homelessness, inappropriate use of expensive health care resources, and improved health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Working in collaboration with case managers, health care providers, housing finance agencies, housing developers, and philanthropy, HFH aims to facilitate the creation of thousands upon thousands of units linked to the health care system.

In addition to the central goal of creating permanent supportive housing, HFH will be developing other residential settings to help improve the flow of patients within the health system. One immediate task includes a significant expansion of recuperative care/stabilization beds available to DHS hospitals. Similarly, HFH will be exploring the creation of other residential environments that can accommodate persons requiring higher levels of care and clinical oversight.

DHS Supportive Housing Projects may use a variety of community-based housing options including:

  • Non-profit owned supportive housing – non-profit owned building with units dedicated to serving homeless individuals and/or families.
  • Master leased buildings – long term leases of privately owned buildings (lease entire building).
  • Scattered site housing – units rented from private landlords (can range from renting a single unit to blocks of units within a building).