North San Diego County’s 2,035 homeless individuals have limited options when struggling with addiction and medical issues. When in crisis, these vulnerable community members often visit emergency rooms or become one of the 27,487 individuals who have been incarcerated at the Vista jail on alcohol or drug-related charges over the last three years. Unfortunately, both of these resources are ill-equipped to provide comprehensive care. Through the creation of a new Recovery and Wellness Center in North County, Interfaith will provide a safe and more effective place for homeless and low-income individuals to detox from drug and alcohol abuse, to enter long-term residential and outpatient recovery, and to receive recuperative care following hospital stays.
“This project will provide one place, and one team, for our hurting neighbors, allowing them to safely stabilize and begin a journey toward recovery and self-sufficiency,” Greg Anglea, Executive Director of Interfaith, explains. Our model is cost-effective, reducing public jail and hospital expenses, and it will build upon proven successful Interfaith programs and new evidence-based best practices to create a wrap-around service center that is truly innovative, as we don’t believe such a center exists in any other community. In partnership with Alliance Healthcare Foundation, we look to change that, modelling this innovation here in San Diego, and then sharing with other communities in the future.”
With 68% of the homeless dependent on drugs or alcohol, there is a significant unmet need to address the root causes of homelessness within San Diego County. The creation of a Recovery and Wellness Center will increase Interfaith’s capacity to effectively respond to the comprehensive needs of homeless and low-income community members. This facility will provide 1,225 vulnerable community members, including homeless and veterans, with a clear path toward achieving sobriety, health and self-sufficiency each year.
To learn more about this Innovation Initiative visit: http://alliancehealthcarefoundation.org/grants/innovation-initiative-award.