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A new life at Lotus Care House

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A former Days Inn hotel has been transformed into a unique sanctuary for Kansas City's unhoused population. Plus: A Missouri town offers a case study for what happens when rural hospitals close and jeopardize access to critical health care.

Lotus Care House, near 31st Street and Linwood Boulevard, provides shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness. As KCUR’s Lawrence Brooks IV reports, it’s Kansas City’s only “housing-first” option to guide chronically homeless people back to permanent housing.

In many rural towns, local hospitals are community fixtures. When they close, the entire community feels the ripple effects, and access to critical health care is put in jeopardy. For the Midwest Newsroom, Sebastián Martínez Valdivia reports on how this is playing out in one rural Missouri town.

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