The Healing Place was brought to Richmond in 2005 when the Richmond Task Force on Homelessness identified a major need for addiction recovery resources for homeless men in Richmond. Successful Healing Place programs exist in Lousiville, KY, Raleigh, NC, and Hunting West Virginia. The Task Force choose the Healing Place model based on:
- Tremendous Sobriety Outcomes
- Cost Effectiveness
- Ability to return tax-paying citizens to society.