The Health + Housing Coalition received funding to pilot medical respite in the Omaha Council Bluffs Metro Area. 

Medical Respite Care is short-term, post-acute care for persons experiencing homelessness who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets or in shelter but are not ill enough to be in a hospital.


In October, 2021, the RFP selection committee completed its review process and confirmed the lead agency to pilot medical respite in our community: Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. (CDHC) in partnership with Siena Francis House (SFH). We extend our congratulations to these two organizations!

What’s Happening Now?

  1. The Core Project Team is working closely with CDHC and SFH to begin planning in order to launch the pilot in summer 2022.  
  2. Coalition partners remain involved during the medical respite implementation phase. Quarterly meetings will be held in 2022-24. These organizations serve in important roles during the pilot, from referring patients to the medical respite program, providing wraparound services, or serving as a safe place for discharge when patients leave medical respite. 

This project is made possible through a three-year implementation fund from the CommonSpirit Health Mission and Ministry Fund (MMF).

The Health + Housing Core Project Team:

Sarah Stanislav, CHI Health

Bob Sheehan, MACCH

Sheena Helgenberger, The Wellbeing Partners

Julia Dobbins, National Health Care for the Homeless Council


Questions? Please contact Sheena Helgenberger