Special Initiatives

Special Initiatives

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The Capital Improvement Intermediary Program (CIIP) was developed to manage the construction of facilities that expand housing and services for people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. Housing for Health works closely with its intermediary, Brilliant Corners, and with project sponsors who have experience in homeless services to design, build, convert, and renovate spaces that meet their programmatic goals and offer a supportive and dignified experience for end users. CIIP currently has over 20 projects in its pipeline with a capacity to provide interim housing to over 1,700 individuals.

Housing for Health has partnered with the Department of Mental Health Services and the California Policy Lab (CPL) at UCLA to create the Homeless Prevention Unit. This pilot project uses a multi-disciplinary, problem-solving approach to target interventions to utilizers of county services who are at highest-risk of becoming homeless. CPL has an established data-sharing partnership with Los Angeles County that provides access to anonymized data from eight Los Angeles County agencies for the express purpose of developing models to identify clients of County services who are at high risk of homelessness. The HPU team led by DMH and HFH will be responsible for (1) determining the programs or resources most appropriate to those individuals, and (2) coordinating proactive outreach to connect individuals to those programs and/or resources in order to address their needs and prevent their homelessness.

People experiencing homelessness (PEH) have a high burden of chronic and disabling illness. Once sick, they are less likely to receive appropriate care and have higher rates of mortality at an earlier age. For many of these individuals, their deaths occur in the hospitals or in the streets, and they have little opportunity to die peacefully and painlessly in a place of their choosing. Housing for Health is dedicated to creating easily accessible, high-quality palliative and hospice care services for PEH in its care, part of its goal to create a seamless arc of compassionate care.

In 2019, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded a $1.75 million two-year grant to the community-based organization Brilliant Corners to fund multiple projects including a Homeless Hospice Pilot (HHP) administered in partnership with Housing for Health. The aim of the HHP is to provide end-of-life care to people experiencing homeless in Los Angeles County. Care is provided in county-operated recuperative care centers and permanent supportive housing sites.

In January 2017, Housing for Health opened the Dr. David L. Murphy Sobering Center, which is operated by Exodus Recovery, Inc. The site provides a welcoming, safe and secure environment for short term (under 24 hours) monitoring and management of persons under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and provides an alternative to jail and hospital emergency departments. The sobering center operates 24/7, giving those struggling with intoxication the opportunity to sober up and be linked to services that might help address their alcohol and drug issues, and other needs.

  • The 50-bed facility allows police and fire departments, outreach and engagement teams and downtown partners to divert people under the influence of alcohol or drugs who may have otherwise been taken to an emergency department or jail.
  • The site is a monitored recovery milieu with nursing observation/care, resting beds/pods, showers, light snacks, hydration, and laundry facilities.
  • Social services and linkages to community resources are provided including detox, residential rehabilitation, sober living, crisis and interim housing, and primary and mental health care.
  • The program is fully integrated with the Health Services Electronic Medical Records system enabling continuity of care.