NCCD Partners With LA County in Supportive Housing Program

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NCCD Partners With LA County in Supportive Housing Program

October 3, 2017 | by NCCD

NCCD is proud to be a key partner in a new health-based housing program that aims to reduce recidivism and help end homelessness among those who cycle in and out of the Los Angeles County jail system. Launched today, Just in Reach will offer permanent supportive housing over four years to 300 homeless individuals who are currently in county jail and have a mental health or substance-use disorder.

Those who struggle with homelessness and mental illness often end up in and out of the criminal justice and emergency health care systems—a vicious cycle that is costly to taxpayers and to the individuals in terms of poor health outcomes. To this end, Just in Reach program participants will be connected to mental health, substance-use treatment, and physical health services, along with intensive case management.

Just in Reach is Los Angeles County’s first program to use the “Pay for Success” funding structure, in which the private sector provides up-front financing that is repaid by government only if agreed-upon successes are achieved. If the program is successful (in this case, individuals retain stable housing and stay out of jail), government pays back the private funders. If the program is not successful, the private funders assume the loss of their investment.

“Just in Reach represents an exciting opportunity for LA County because it is so heavily grounded in what works to reduce recidivism,” said Kathy Park, NCCD CEO. “The Pay for Success financing structure also relies on what works, ensuring that services lead to improved outcomes while also reducing housing and jail costs down the road.”

Private funding for the project was provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and UnitedHealthcare. Just in Reach partners include the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and CSH, an organization that works to transform communities through supportive housing. For more on this innovative project, read the full press release here.