Cedars-Sinai is contributing $15 million to address homelessness. The money will go to 108 nonprofit groups that work on housing stability, programs for homeless residents, community clinics, mental health training and other services.
Recipients include the City of Santa Monica, which is being given $100,000 to study healthcare for the homeless. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is being granted $160,000 for vocational training for youth coming out of homelessness. The People Concern is receiving $100,000 to expand a program connecting Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital patients to community services.
Homelessness has been on the rise in L.A., increasing 12% year over year, according to the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The study found that there are roughly 600,000 people in the county with housing stability issues.
"We take our role in the community as seriously as we take patient care, research and education," said Cedars-Sinai President and Chief Executive Thomas Priselac in a statement. "We are driven by a strategic focus on improving access to care and addressing social determinants of health. Ultimately, we are working to break down barriers that affect tens of thousands of people within the safety net."
Last year Cedars-Sinai contributed $5.9 million for safety-net organizations.
Additional grants include $1.5 million from the Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative that will go to help 17 community clinics in the next two years. Cedars-Sinai is also giving $500,000 to Planned Parenthood over three years to help create service centers on school campuses.
More than $1 million will go to Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital to develop a behavioral health program for the community. Cedars is also giving the Jewish Free Loan Association $500,000 over five years to create the Cedars-Sinai Housing Stability Loan Fund.
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