Center of Hope

A New Healthcare & Housing Facility

Hill Country Clinic proudly introduces Center of Hope, a new healthcare campus that will be built in east Redding on property donated by the McConnell Foundation. The campus will be anchored by a clinic much like our current clinic in Round Mountain. Primary medical care, integrated mental health and substance abuse services, as well as dental care will all be provided there. Our current satellite clinic on Lake Blvd in Redding will move to the new site. Like all of Hill Country’s locations, healthcare will be available to everyone, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. In addition, the Center of Hope will house several programs that provide extra support to people with complex health and social needs. This evidence-based approach is improving the quality of life for patients and saving millions of public dollars in other parts of the country. We are eager to expand this type of service in Redding. Most of the patients receiving these extra supports will live in the community and receive regular visits in their homes from clinic staff. Using a collaborative approach that includes local service providers, schools, and government agencies, the Center of Hope will work with the most high-need patients, to assist them in achieving the greatest level of independence possible and to help improve the quality of life for the community at large.

The plans for Center of Hope also include small efficiency apartments for sixteen transitional age youth (aged 18-24). Targeting this age group is a natural fit for and extension of Hill Country’s ongoing commitment to young people. In eastern Shasta County, our services include teen centers in Round Mountain and Burney, intensive case management for youth with serious mental illness, and part-time employment that accommodates high school and college class schedules. Among our partners in the youth program at the Center of Hope will be Shasta College and the California Heritage YouthBuild Academy (CHYBA), a charter high school that helps transitional age youth achieve a high school diploma. The youth residents will be selected from homeless students who have taken the initiative to enroll at Shasta College or CHYBA. These are young people with significant challenges who have a vision for their future, and need some supportive adults to help them get there. As in Round Mountain, part-time jobs will be reserved at the Center of Hope for these young people. A Wellness Center that offers a computer lab, an art/science maker space, other vocational training and rooms for educational and support groups will be available to these residents, and to the surrounding community. Construction will hopefully begin in late 2018, with a grand opening scheduled for 2020.

We know there are many questions about the Center of Hope since its announcement a couple of weeks ago. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (coming soon) to see some answers. Other questions can be directed to Amy McCune at PRamy@hillcountryclinic.org.

Please check back to this website for updates.

WHY does Redding need the Center of Hope?

  • 62% of those surveyed during our most recent Point in Time homeless count indicated that they have a chronic medical or mental health challenge that prevents them from holding a job or maintaining stable housing.
  • Shasta County spends over $34 million per year responding to local homelessness. This number includes emergency medical care, law enforcement interventions, environmental cleanup, emergency housing and basic needs support. The majority of this money is spent to manage the homeless issue, without addressing the underlying causes.
  • There are currently NO programs or facilities in Redding that specifically target the youth and young adult homeless population. Our local young people are slipping through the cracks and likely to continue the cycle of poverty and homelessness without guidance and support during the transition to adulthood.
  • A chronically ill individual will find it difficult, if not impossible, to maintain good health while living under a bridge or at a homeless shelter. Modest, stable housing is an important first step toward restoring health and improving self-sufficiency.

HOW will the Center of Hope address these challenges?

  • Center of Hope campus will provide comprehensive, wrap-around services including medical, dental, mental health, job training and addiction therapy, to support our most fragile neighbors.
  • Center of Hope will provide housing for the most needy, coupled with on-site supportive services designed to break the cycle of homelessness. The first phase of housing will focus on young people 18-24 years old.

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