What is Ascending to Health Respite Care’s mission?

Helping to break the cycle of homelessness through quality healthcare, sheltering and case management.

What is respite care for the homeless?

Also known as recuperative care, medical respite refers to short-term in-patient care for homeless persons who are too sick to recover on the streets or in a shelter, but are not sick enough to continue staying in a hospital. Safe discharge to respite care avoids prolonged and unnecessary days in the hospital and ultimately decreases the risk of readmissions for the same diagnosis. The full scope of respite care provides an array of health services and helps connect people with other resources, including long-term housing.

Who qualifies for our services?

Homeless persons that qualify for homeless status as defined by HUD and the McKinney-Vento act. They must be in need of a place to recuperate after a stay in the hospital, or to avoid an unnecessary hospitalization as a result of living conditions not suitable for humans.

What services are provided by ATHRC?

Interim sheltering for the time needed to recuperate, daily case management (to facilitate the process of ending the homeless cycle), access to healthcare, logistical support (transportation, food, clothing, etc.) and maintaining continuum of care after discharge.

How does someone access our services?

Hospitals refer homeless persons awaiting discharge or those accessing the Emergency Department with the goal of preventing an unnecessary admission.