The Next City article highlights how the first-of-its-kind environments will help patients receive care, recover, feel part of the community and reduce stigma. CannonDesign is leading this design-build project, which allows for a well-rounded approach to the interrelated and complex needs of homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, job training and medical co-morbidity.
Located on the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC) campus, the development will consist of a four-story Recuperative Care Center that provides stable housing for those recently discharged from the hospital, as well as a Residential Treatment Program area that will serve as a short-term alternative to hospitalization for mental health needs.
Finding alternative solutions to some of the most pressing societal issues and challenges is a core goal of our Living-Centered Design approach. The Restorative Care Village creates a safe and nurturing space for people who often find themselves constantly in transition or without stability.
Much of the project will be modular and prefabricated in partnership with Modular Design+, and is situated around outdoor spaces. As David Hunt, our Southern California Health Practice Leader notes in the piece, integrating the village with the surrounding community through artwork and the design was important.
“It’s a very rich courtyard environment,” says Hunt in the article. “There was an interest from the surrounding communities that this would be a community asset. So courtyard areas will welcome the community in, and it helps the residents feel a sense of connectedness. It’s not a stigmatized place, it’s a place to get back into their normal life and integrate with the community.”