REDDING, Calif.- Pathways to Housing is helping homeless people recover after they receive medical treatment. The organization helps give homeless people temporary housing to recover properly and not use unnecessary hospital beds.
Pathways to Housing was founded in Nov 2020, partnering with Mercy Medical Center in Redding and Shasta Community Health program to provide a medical respite program. These programs provide better settings for recovery or continued medical care outside of a hospital.
For homeless people, receiving medical care and being sent back onto the streets to recover is dangerous to navigate. That's why the service Pathways to Housing Executive Director Lesa Schaefer is important for the homeless community.
"Once they discharge, they need additional recovery time because they don’t have a house or place to go to or sterile, clean environment. We’re providing that for them and we place individuals and then we bring the services to them," Schaefer said.
Pathways to Housing is currently renovating their main building at 1871 Kenyon Drive which should be completed around Thanksgiving of this year. In the meantime, the organization is setting homeless people up in a nearby motel with three meals a day and the much needed recovery time they need.
The organization can only house 15 people at a time, but the people rotate every six to eight weeks when they recover.
Since they opened, Pathways to Housing has helped 64 patients and found 16 of those patients transitional housing.
In that same time the organization has provided 2,006 free respite nights. The organization said that one respite night inside a hospital can cost up to $5,000.
"Right now, this program that we’re operating is truly focusing on the medical aspect, and reducing the unnecessary use of the ER and taking up hospital beds unnecessarily simply because people are homeless and people don’t have a place to discharge and recover," Schaefer said.
The organization currently helps homeless people with a short term problem, but Schaefer hopes that Pathways to Housing can expand in the coming years.
"I’d like to venture into transitional housing, I’d like to open up a women’s house, and men’s house, and sober living environment. So, to be able to open up more options to get more people off the streets is the long-term goal," Schaefer said.
Many people that talked to Action News Now today are happy to support any organization that helps keep homeless people off of the streets.
Click here to find out more about Pathways to Housing and support their cause.