Rutland Regional Announces Housing for Health Campaign
On Thursday, October 1, Rutland Regional Medical Center announced its Housing for Health fundraising campaign in partnership with the Rutland Housing Authority, and its non-profit affiliate, Housing Initiatives Inc., to raise $150,000 to establish safe, secure and supportive transitional housing in our local region by year-end.
Specifically, funds raised will support multifamily bridge housing units at 101 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland to transition individuals and families out of homelessness and, eventually, into permanent housing.
The new site will provide nine transitional housing units including one unit for an on-site resident manager to help maintain day-to-day supports and connections to needed health and human services within the community. In addition to Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Homeless Prevention Center, Rutland Mental Health Services, and BROC Community Action have all agreed to partner on this critical project.
Rutland Regional is committed to helping develop these much-needed housing options for residents of Rutland County who may face discharge barriers due to lack of safe housing, or a living environment where they can heal.
“Homeless individuals are five times more likely than non-homeless individuals to be admitted to the inpatient hospital units and stay in the hospital for up to four days longer. We need to create safe environments for people to get healthy and back on their feet,” stated Kevin Loso, Executive Director at the Rutland Housing Authority. “The project is particularly important, now more than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic has created a sense of urgency for safe and affordable housing options that can accommodate social distancing and help to reduce the spread of the virus in our community.”
Last year, Vermont reported that an estimated 1,089 individuals experience homelessness on any given day.
“We know that similar partnerships in Vermont are seeing the benefits of high quality transitional and permanent housing, including a reduction of the high costs of healthcare associated with chronic homelessness,” said Rutland Regional President and CEO, Claudio Fort. “The ability to discharge unhoused patients to supportive transitional housing will help to prevent recurring health issues and escalating medical costs.”
This fall, Rutland Regional will work to raise funds to support these bridge housing units to help transition individuals and families in our local region out of homelessness.
For more information about the Housing for Health campaign, contact the Rutland Health Foundation at 802.747.3634.