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Providence funds COVID-19 outreach, housing

Providence Health and Services, which includes Providence Medford Medical Center, has made donations to help with COVID-19 outreach and housing.

Providence Health and Services is providing funding to boost COVID-19 outreach to Latino people and help those facing homelessness due to last year’s wildfires.

Providence gave $175,000 to Latino advocacy groups to improve COVID-19 education, testing and vaccination efforts. Recipients include La Clinica in Medford, Virginia Garcia in Portland and One Community Health in Hood River.

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted the Latino population across Oregon and the nation.

Providence also gave $120,000 to Project Turnkey, a statewide program to help people experiencing homelessness, including those who lost their homes to September 2020 fires.

In Medford, Providence has partnered with the homelessness assistance organization Rogue Retreat to renovate and repurpose the Redwood Inn, a motel on Riverside Avenue that is being converted into transitional housing. Organizers will prioritize Rogue Valley residents who lost their homes to the Almeda fire. Residents will begin moving into the 47-room motel this summer, Providence officials said.

“Providence believes health is a human right, and good health starts with a safe and stable place to call home,” said Dr. Joe Ichter, director of community health investment for Providence in Oregon. “Good health also requires access and education. Both grants support programs that make our communities safer and healthier.”