The Center at Blessed Sacrament EHLF Outreach Proposal

The Center at Blessed Sacrament is an agency dedicated to ending isolation and homelessness in our community.  To do this, we utilize a wellness skills model where we provide all of our clients with access to healthcare, mental healthcare and community engagement programs.

The Center at Blessed Sacrament is an agency dedicated to ending isolation and homelessness in our community.  To do this, we utilize a wellness skills model where we provide all of our clients with access to healthcare, mental healthcare and community engagement programs.

For the EHLF community, we propose an outreach team consisting of 1 full time outreach worker and one part-time field-based nurse contracted through Queenscare Parish Nurses.  The Center at Blessed Sacrament utilizes a long-term engagement strategy for outreach.

We plan to leverage existing community resources to help individuals in East Hollywood / Los Feliz connect to needed community, health, mental health, and housing resources.  The Center embraces a philosophy of harm reduction where we work with people where they are; encouraging but not requiring healthier options.

Pre-existing resources that we plan to leverage include:

  • Additional on-site nurses at our Hollywood facility through Queenscare Parish Nurses who can provide wound care, lice and scabies treatments, and basic triage.   

  • Expedited enrollment to Hollywood Mental Health (clients are enrolled and see a psychiatrist within 72 hours of requesting an appointment)

  • Connections to local food banks and meal programs as well as community centers and wellness programs

  • Partnership in LA County’s Coordinated Entry System; linking individuals to housing opportunities throughout the city and county.

  • Close working relationships with housing agencies in the Hollywood community including Gettlove, Housing Works, PATH, and Step-Up.  

  • Participation in the Hollywood TOP 14 and HHOT meetings

  • Direct referral system for the Hollywood Winter Refuge shelter

Our outreach worker will be in the community or providing intensive case management service to individuals from the East Hollywood / Los Feliz community 5 days a week.  It is anticipated that our outreach worker will spend 15 hours a week completing administrative work including but not limited to: participation in all staff meetings and trainings, inputting CES assessments, scheduling appointments and making case plans for outreach clients.  

The Queenscare Nurse will accompany the outreach worker in the field 1-2 days per week and will be able to serve as a first responder, administer care on the street, make direct referrals into care with Queenscare Clinic in East Hollywood, and assist clients with linking to health benefits.  

Expected outcomes include:

Community Engagement Outcomes

  • Development of Top 5-10

  • Comprehensive database of individuals in community experiencing homelessness

  • Monthly participation in EHLF Meeting

  • Hosting  / partnering in 2x year town hall meetings

Community Partnership Outcomes

  • Building Connection between Hollywood housing, health, and mental health resources and the East Hollywood / Los Feliz community

  • Linkage of 25 individuals to health and mental health services

  • Inviting housing, health, and mental health agencies to regularly participate in EHLF meetings

Housing Outcomes

  • Complete 25 new assessments in the EHLF community

  • Obtain IDs for 10 individuals in community

  • Increase Income for 10 individuals in community

  • Linkage of 6 individuals to housing resources in our community through community partnerships

Below is our proposed budget for the outreach team:

Budget

Cost

1 FTE Outreach Worker

50,000

Queenscare Parish Nurse

25,000

Materials

10,000

Total

85,000

 

The outreach worker will be responsible for close communication with EHLF, partnering agencies, and the East Hollywood / Los Feliz communities.  Additionally, this individual will be familiar with the housing process and the resource landscape of the community.

The Queenscare Nurse will hold a BSN or higher, have a minimum of 3+ years’ experience with this population and will be a bilingual field worker.  

Outreach materials is a flexible pool of money to be used as needed to help people obtain IDs, place people in temporary shelter, purchase water and bus tokens, purchase bus or plane tickets to send people home, and to help people with security deposits and furniture as they move into housing.

The Center will provide EHLF with quarterly outreach progress reports and a General Ledger for the program; carefully detailing all progress and spending.

Please Note

Homelessness and housing have changed drastically in Los Angeles over the past few years.  Outreach efforts alone will not end homelessness in a community.   It is only through time, consistency, and community partnerships that we can begin making a difference in our neighborhoods.    

 

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commented 2017-09-10 21:44:37 -0700 · Flag
I have a question, what happened to this proposal, did it go though or is it still in the works?