LOS ANGELES, CA – At the direction of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the Board of Supervisors today voted in favor of aligning the LAC + USC Restorative Care Village and General Hospital Reuse Project with the State of California and Los Angeles County priorities.
“There is no question that the investments at the LAC + USC Restorative Care Village and General Hospital are needed now more than ever,” said Supervisor Solis. “The Restorative Care Village at LAC + USC will help build capacity to shelter people experiencing homelessness and provide services onsite. Additionally, the General Hospital Reuse Project seeks to address the lack of affordable and low-income housing, a primary contributor to the County’s homelessness crisis. My office looks forward to working with the State to further these exemplary projects.”
The historic General Hospital opened its doors to the public in 1933 and served as a safety net to our most vulnerable. Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the County committed to constructing a replacement hospital, the LAC + USC Medical Center Campus.
Today, the LAC + USC Medical Center is a 600-bed inpatient hospital and is also widely known as the County’s flagship hospital. As a result of the opening of the LAC + USC Medical Center in 2008, the General Hospital is now largely vacant and there are no direct patient care services at this hospital. Because of the hospital’s historical listing, no significant alterations or demolition to the building can be made. Thus, to be consistent with the General Hospital’s history and mission, the County has instead initiated two large scale initiatives – the Restorative Care Village and the General Hospital Reuse Project.
Both of these initiatives are significant regional efforts to address homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, and affordable housing – while also creating local clean, green jobs.
The motion directs Los Angeles County’s Sacramento Office to advocate for $500 million over multiple fiscal years for the County’s reuse initiatives at the LAC + USC Medical Center Campus, with appropriations of $70 million for the Restorative Care Village and $70 million for the adaptive reuse of the General Hospital building in Fiscal Year 2021-22.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov