Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $50,000
For this project, the Poverello Center partnered with St. Patrick’s Hospital to establish care coordination for homeless individuals recovering from a hospital stay to help them transition from the homeless shelter to transitional housing. The project expanded on Poverello’s existing medical respite program by supporting more robust care coordination, evaluating health outcomes, and strengthening and formalizing partnerships and funding agreements. In partnership with the VA, the Poverello Center successfully converted five of their beds to house veterans. In addition, the project was successful in reducing emergency department readmissions and inpatient stays among the homeless population participated in the program. Care coordination and transitional shelter services will be sustained moving forward through ongoing support from the VA and St. Patrick’s Hospital.