National Health Foundation and HomeAid Los Angeles officially broke ground last week on a recuperative care renovation project in the Pico-Union neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles.
The project will transform a 13,000 square foot sanitarium into a 62-bed recuperative care facility for homeless residents who have recently been discharged from nearby hospitals.
The building, originally built in 1917, will offer residents semi-private rooms, family-style dining, regular visiting hours, and a community garden.
According to the National Health Foundation, recuperative care has been shown to significantly reduce the readmission of homeless residents to hospitals, while also remaining notably more cost effective than extended hospital stays.
The Los Angeles based nonprofit, lead by CEO Kelly Bruno, has partnered with a variety of local foundations and businesses in order to complete the $1 million renovation by fall of 2018, including ETCO Homes, donating building labor, and Pioneer Industries, donating faucets and fixtures to be used in the facility.