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Founder of Illumination Foundation Paul Leon Launches National Healthcare & Housing Advisors

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Longtime public health leader and advocate for the homeless Paul Leon, RN, BSN, PHN, has recently founded National Healthcare & Housing Advisors –

Headquartered in Laguna Hills, California, the multi-faceted, independent organization provides services that help clients successfully integrate healthcare and homeless care services delivery across the nation.

Leon is the former CEO and president of Illumination Foundation (IF), a nonprofit he founded in 2008, whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness.

He pioneered Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care/Medical Respite Program to manage the discharge of homeless patients from hospitals, making it the largest provider of Recuperative Care in the United States. In 2021, Illumination Foundation was listed among the top ten nonprofits in Orange County.

Leon serves on advisory committees including the UC Irvine School of Nursing and the Mental Health Association of Orange County. He conducts classes for leading institutions including the USC School of Social Work, and UCI’s School of Medicine. He consults with CHOC’s Residency Program and the Kaiser Family Resident Program and serves on the Board for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC).

He has been named a Senior Fellow of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Leon’s work has been recognized by the PIMCO Leadership Circle Award and the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.

Most recently, Leon was named one of ten AARP Well-Being Champions. In 2019, he won the AARP Purpose Prize Award.

“We have created NHHA to meet our goals to advise, research, and publicize public health models in an effort to end homelessness,” said Leon. “I am honored to be a lifelong champion for the ever-growing issues of poverty, homelessness, and healthcare. Our work will highlight integrative strategies modeling best practices in housing, healthcare, and homeless services delivery as we help build the future of housing and healthcare.”

Leon has assembled a top-notch executive team with years of success and achievement in the company’s key service areas, especially medical respite and recuperative care that includes medical monitoring, counseling and case management for people experiencing homelessness who are medically vulnerable. The company has clients in California with outreach under way in Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington.


Dan Pittman



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