Each year as many as 100+ homeless men and women die on the streets of San Diego. In response to homeless deaths, in 2007 Alpha Project launched Hospice for the Homeless to provide financial assistance to homeless people diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice for the Homeless caters to those diagnosed by a physician as having 6 months or less to live.
In most cases, the healthcare component of hospice including medical oversite, in-home nursing care as patient declines, delivery of medications, social workers, and behavioral health and spiritual counseling is covered through insurance by client-chosen hospice provider, but housing and other necessities such as food are not included unless admitted to the hospital/skilled nursing facility. But for some who may still be ambulatory and not in need of hospitalization/skilled nursing facility at the time of their diagnosis, have no “home” to receive the other critical hospice services they need as they begin their decline and enter end-of-life. As funding permits, Alpha Project provides financial support and works collaboratively with the referring hospice/medical entity to help pay for housing, food, and other needs not covered by insurance.
Alpha Project started the Living with Dignity Program as an extension of the hospice program to provide one-time financial assistance to help seniors, those with physical disabilities or other debilitating chronic illnesses such as cancer, ALS, or Parkinson’s disease, with one-time emergency assistance including rental/security deposit, transportation, food, and mobile devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, blind walking sticks, etc.
This in-kind program provides financial assistance as funding permits. Alpha Project is grateful for the private donors who assist with housing and providing essentials for those facing end of life or at risk of end of life. Your donation assists with security deposit/rental assistance, furniture, food, and other needs not covered by insurance or hospice care. To make a contribution, please visit https://www.alphaproject.org/donate/gift-of-money, and choose the Hospice/LWD Campaign.
By Peggy Peattie
SAN DIEGO — Julius Ward never saw it coming. Sitting against a building at night in the Gaslamp District, asking for spare change, he didn't expect one of the bar-hopping passersby to kick him in the eye, sending him sprawling across the pavement in a pool of blood. Nor did he expect the nearby policeman to give chase, catch the perpetrator and coordinate getting Julius to the hospital.