Catholic Charities USA has selected St. Louis as one of five cities nationwide to participate in the new Healthy Housing Initiative. The goals of the five-year initiative, announced February 11, 2019, are to reduce chronic homelessness by 20%; decrease hospital re-admission rates for this group by 25%; and connect 35% of newly housed persons with primary care and behavioral health services.
“We are fortunate that St. Patrick Center has been working on a project like this–our Hospital to Housing project–for the past 18 months,” said St. Patrick Center CEO Laurie Phillips. “Our pilot project, as well as the great work being done by all other Catholic Charities of St. Louis agencies in health and housing, allowed us to win a place in this esteemed group.”
The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, sees the Healthy Housing Initiative as another opportunity to bring vital healthcare to those currently doing without: “Access to good healthcare is a basic requirement for all of us that the Archdiocese of St. Louis is passionate about.”
The other cities selected by CCUSA are Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Portland, Oregon; and Spokane, Washington.