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Wednesday, December 8, 2021  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Housing for Health: A New Model for Vulnerable Populations

Libby Boyce, L.C.S.W.
Director of Access, Referrals and Engagement, Housing for Health
Karla Grijalva
Senior Associate, NAC Architecture
Leslie Jordan
Founder, Perch Projects/Consulting Program Manager Housing for Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Deborah Lever
Program and Project Manager, Capital Improvements Intermediary Program Housing, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS)

For people experiencing homelessness, trips to the emergency room, stays in jail, and increasing wellbeing issues are a difficult cycle to break. Recognizing that poverty, wellness, and housing insecurity are interrelated, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in 2017 to move forward with planning Restorative Care Villages (RCV) on County health campuses. RCVs will serve as a national model in mental health and wellbeing care for underserved and vulnerable populations ranging from interim housing to clinical/psychiatric facilities and a broad array of support services. Interim housing is a key element in the recovery process. Many agencies and programs prioritize number of clients served over providing a quality restorative environment and services that offer a path from homelessness to greater independence. In this discussion, we will look at The Lotus, an LA shelter, to learn how interim housing is being reimagined as a place of health rather than just a place to sleep.


1. Understand how the partnership between the County and The Lotus evolved to support the RCV.
2. Discover how to evaluate space for daily living activities, access to health care, and community connection.
3. Learn how to look beyond bed count to design interim housing to support an increase in client wellness or retention.
4. Gain an understanding of how to treat interim housing with the dignity afforded to healthcare facilities.