LOS ANGELES, CA – On March 28, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar kicked-off ground blessing for the Joshua House Health Center at 7th and Wall Streets in Skid Row with praise and congratulations.
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined via recorded video message sharing his enthusiasm for the innovative project that includes housing and the Health Center which will provide comprehensive healthcare and services to reach 7,000 who are homeless and underserved in the area.
“The Joshua House Health Center will provide state-of-the-art, comprehensive medical care to 200 people a day,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “The goal is access to health, access to homes, access to a better life, and access to a better community. Let’s bring Everyone In!”
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas added, “Our collective pursuit should be to create opportunities so that anyone who calls Los Angeles County home is able to live a life of dignity and purpose.”
Joshua House Health Clinic is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers’ (LACHC). The new clinic will replace the current 8,200 square foot, 100-year old former crack house building located just blocks away at Wall and Winston Streets. The new Joshua House Health Center will be a 3-story, 25,000 square foot, state of the art medical clinic that cares for those who are experiencing homelessness, or have low-income.
The clinic is being developed as part of a mixed-use, multi-project development in Downtown Los Angeles that includes Six Four Nine Lofts (a 4-story residential project with 55 units of permanent supportive housing). Skid Row Housing Trust serves as the lead developer for both projects and will own and operate the fifty-five-residential area.
“We are proud of this very special project that we hope will help transform the way health care and housing services are offered to people who are homeless and underserved. At the Joshua House Health Center, multi-disciplinary care teams will deliver the full continuum of medical, dental, mental health, substance use services, and linkage to housing under one roof,” said Lisa Abdishoo, M.D. President and CEO, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers. “It’s significant that LACHC is able to expand in this way to do more to reach people who are homeless and have complex needs.”
This beautiful state of the art facility was designed to be open and welcoming, while offering a safe and high-quality place for people to receive care. The expansion will include: 18 medical exam rooms, 6 flexible consultation rooms, 8 dental chairs, 9 mental health rooms, 13 social work and care coordination offices, a multi-purpose area (to provide health education, fitness classes, and foot care events), a meditation room, and a chaplain’s office.
“LACHC’s long standing commitment to compassionate care has provided essential and critical medical services to the Skid Row community,” said Mike Alvidrez, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust. “As the developer, Skid Row Housing Trust is pleased to partner with LACHC to help expand medical care and services in a new, modern clinic that better reflects the level of dignity and quality of care LACHC has shown patients for more than 20 years. For us, it exemplifies the intersection of housing and healthcare.”
What sets the Joshua House Health Center apart from many other clinics is the multi-disciplinary care teams that will deliver comprehensive medical, dental, mental health, substance use services, while linking to housing for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Without homes, people are exposed to harsh weather, disease, violence, unsanitary conditions, malnutrition, stress and addictive substances. The average age of death for people experiencing homelessness is 30 years less than that of people who do not live on the streets. The comprehensive solution of having a clinic co-located with permanent supportive housing is an innovative move to showing how the landscape of how Skid Row is being transformed to end homelessness.
Funding for the Joshua House Health Center was made possible with a Proposition HHH (City of LA) award in the first round of Facilities Program funding, and has received money from multiple foundations as well as private donors and a significant allocation of New Market Tax credits.