Glendale, California (November 4, 2013) – On November 1, 2013, The Baxter International Foundation presented a check for $52,747.81 to Ascencia to help underwrite a new staff position at the agency. The new position is a Hospital Liaison who will work with local hospital staff to identify homeless people who are frequent utilizers of emergency and hospital services. The Hospital Liaison will help move them to permanent housing and provide the wrap-around services they need to become well. These efforts are part of Ascencia’s commitment to the 10th Decile Project, one of four regional projects funded by Corporation for Supporting Housing, which focuses on increasing access to supportive housing for chronically ill homeless patients to reduce public costs associated with emergency room and patient readmissions. An Economic Roundtable study of early results of the 10th Decile Project shows medical and mental health cost savings of over $47,000 per patient per year.
Ascencia’s efforts as part of the 10th Decile Project are supported by Dignity Health and leverages outreach and case management services funded by City of Glendale’s Community Development Block Grant and HUD’s Supportive Housing Program. “We are grateful to The Baxter International Foundation for joining Ascencia in this very important endeavor to provide coordinated care and supportive housing to chronically ill and homeless individuals,” said Executive Director Natalie Profant Komuro.
Ascencia recently hired Brittany Beck as the new Hospital Liaison. Brittany is a graduate of the University of San Diego, receiving her M.A. in Counseling and her B.A. in Psychology. Most recently, Brittany served two years as the Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist at Community Research Foundation’s Downtown IMPACT program, providing intensive psychosocial rehabilitation counseling and case management services to homeless, chronically mentally ill individuals.
Ascencia mobilizes staff, volunteers and community partners to end homelessness in the greater Glendale area, one person, one family at a time. Ascencia’s Access Center serves over 1,200 homeless men, women and children each year through its comprehensive programs, which include street outreach, a 40-bed emergency shelter, and transitional and permanent supportive housing. Special areas of focus include housing chronically ill and homeless individuals, ending veteran homelessness and supporting homeless families with advocacy, counseling and tutoring.
For more information about Ascencia’s programs and services, please visit www.ascenciaCA.org. To schedule a tour of Ascencia’s new Glendale home at 1851 Tyburn Street, please contact Ascencia at (818) 246-7900 or via email at info@ascenciaCA.org.