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“Restorative care villages” to augment fight vs homelessness in Los Angeles

By Abner Galino

Homeless in Los Angeles. Image © http://lacatholicworker.org

THE Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to bring “restorative care villages” to county facilities as part of its wide-ranging initiative to fight homelessness.

These so-called “restorative care villages” are a key element in the county’s ambitious efforts to reduce and prevent homelessness. It would seek to bring urgently needed interim housing to patients who would otherwise return to the streets after being discharged from county medical facilities.

These villages will be built in places that include LAC+USC Medical Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.

On-site services will enable patients to move easily to the appropriate level of care, with the goal of supporting community reintegration for people with mental health disorders, victims of violence and abuse, substance use, serious disabilities, and psycho-social and economic challenges.

This week, the Board of Supervisors also voted unanimously to begin developing plans for a restorative and recuperative care facility in the Antelope Valley.

Previously, the Board of Supervisors voted to create a state-of-the-art behavioral health care cent on the Martin Luther King, Jr. health care campus.

The restorative care village projects—which will bring together housing and a wide range of treatments and services in a series of villages on medical campuses—will undergo environmental review before project budgets and design details are finalized.

Supervisors were united in their praise for the new model, and its potential to change lives.

“By adopting and making these capital projects happen, the County is modeling an innovative, integrated, and exceptionally coordinated model of care that is a first in the nation. It will improve health outcomes as well as support full recovery and community reintegration,” said Board Chair Sheila Kuehl.
“Restorative care is transformational care. It’s not only good for the individual and our health system, it’s good for all the communities in which we live.”

“The Restorative Village project is creating a public/private, multi-stakeholder community partnership that is bringing together medical leaders who serve the area surrounding the LAC+USC campus,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis.

“My vision of a ‘Healthy Village’ will bring a range of benefits to families and communities in the interrelated issues of health, economic opportunity, and wellbeing.”

“By developing restorative villages on our medical campuses, we are showing our commitment to the most vulnerable populations in our County,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said.

“This is about the public sector delivering on its promise.”

“Many people experiencing homelessness get trapped in a seemingly endless cycle—alternating between the hospital and the streets,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said.

“By using the Restorative Care Village model we can intervene at a key moment, give people the support they need to heal, and put them on a path toward a home.”

“Restorative Care Villages will better equip the County to care for our most vulnerable residents who are in need of holistic treatment and care,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said.

“This will be a vital component of the County system that will drastically improve health and wellness outcomes. These investments into restorative care will be impactful throughout the County, especially in the Antelope Valley.”


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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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