NORTHERN NEVADA HOPES RECEIVES FUNDS FOR MEDICAL CARE RESPITE FACILITY
(Reno, Nev.) September 22, 2014 – Northern Nevada HOPES is announcing the start of a new medical care respite project, the HOPES Housing Our Homeless program, made possible by a $14,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and matched by Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center.
The combined $28,000 grant will fund a new program to help HOPES's homeless clients recover from an illness or injury by providing a place to recover after they are discharged from the hospital. Often times, transient persons become healthy enough to be discharged from the hospital, but are still too sick to fully recover without shelter and support, and they can end up back in the hospital.
HOPES will temporarily house these people for up to 30 days in nearby motel rooms to relieve the stress of living on the street, allowing these patients to focus on recovery. HOPES staff will check on patients daily to provide support, help them to medical appointments, and assist them in accessing community resources.
"Saint Mary's is very pleased to be able to support the creation of the Hopes Housing Our Homeless program," Helen Lidholm, CEO of Saint Mary's, said. "This innovative program supports medically frail homeless individuals in our community and aligns with our mission of providing accessible and affordable care options locally."
HOPES has provided medical services to more than 550 homeless people so far in 2014, and about 30 percent of those clients have needed emergency care. The poverty rate in HOPES' service area is 43%, and there are 3,000 homeless people in the immediate vicinity.
"This program will have a significant impact on the large homeless population that we have in our immediate service area," said Sharon Chamberlain, CEO of Northern Nevada HOPES. "It will help people safely recover from illness and reduce return trips to emergency rooms."
The first step in the new project will be to work with a local motel to lease and renovate three rooms to make them more suitable for recovery. The program will begin accepting patients in February 2015.
Northern Nevada HOPES is a nonprofit community health center located in downtown Reno, Nevada. It provides integrated medical care and wellness services to individuals with and without health insurance. Founded in 1997, HOPES began as a comprehensive HIV care center and in 2012 grew into a primary medical care center. The clinic provides services on a sliding fee scale which includes primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health counseling, case management, nutrition counseling, an on-site pharmacy, transportation, HIV and hepatitis C testing, and Change Point – Nevada's first legal Syringe Services Program.