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Blumenfield Seeks Additional Funds for Homeless Intervention in Emergency Rooms
On February 18 the City Council passed Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s motion formally requesting funding for his initiative, the Homeless Housing and Recovery Project (HHRP) into the City’s grant application. HHRP is a collaborative pilot program between Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Tarzana Treatment Center that Blumenfield helped initiate, which helps to get homeless folks in emergency rooms needed housing and treatment for both their physical and drug or mental health issues
This program has yielded positive results since its inception early last year; out of the 555 patients screened, 165 were connected to mental health services, 136 obtained emergency housing, and 49 now have a permanent address. Building on this success, additional funds can continue this effort to treat individuals entering emergency rooms who may be more likely to accept help because of the trauma that brought them to the ER.
Blumenfield’s motion requests $422,628 in grant funds from the State’s fund Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) and comes at a critical time. Without additional funds, the pilot program with West Valley hospitals may be discontinued on June 30.
There is no one size fits all solution to the homelessness epidemic and this is one of many ways Councilmember Blumenfield is working to get homeless folks off the street. Read more about Blumenfield’s efforts to reduce homelessness on his website. If you are interested in getting more involved, consider joining Blumenfield’s BobCAT (Community Action Team) on Homelessness.