Cedars-Sinai Magazine

From Homelessness to Healing

Felix Garcia

Though the number of people experiencing homelessness recently decreased for the first time in four years, more than 50,000 are still living and sleeping in parks, on sidewalks and in shelters throughout Los Angeles County. Cedars-Sinai is committed to serving the homeless population through grants to community organizations that fund medical exams, mental health counseling and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals across the Southland.

“A significant factor contributing to homelessness in our community is lack of access to mental health resources, especially for vulnerable populations,” says John Maceri, executive director of The People Concern, a social service agency specializing in problems of homelessness and domestic violence. “It is through Cedars-Sinai’s partnership with our agency and their commitment to improving mental health for underserved individuals that we are able to provide these lifesaving services.”

$695K

committed by Cedars-Sinai this year to organizations that help support homeless women, men and families

15

organizations serving the needs of the homeless population with support from Cedars-Sinai in 2018

5,500

people are homeless in the neighborhood of Marina Del Rey Hospital, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai. In a pilot project, a dedicated emergency department navigator will help homeless patients find medical care and integrated services.

650

New Directions for Veterans patients treated last year by two Cedars-Sinai–funded counselors for addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health concerns

For more information about Cedars-Sinai’s commitment to the health of our communities, visit cedars-sinai.edu/Community-Benefit