Centers Offer Integrated Health, Homeless Services

Health care is important to all of us but it is a life and death issue for the homeless. Both of these initiatives may have value as NJ works to end homelessness in NJ.

Twelve Free Clinics Under One Roof
02/22/2007 | Inside Bay Area (California)

New Centers to Offer Homeless a Hand Up
02/18/2007 | St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

San Francisco’s free health care clinic system has opened a new facility providing primary medical care, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and intensive case management under one roof, reported Inside Bay Area. The Integrated Health Care Center of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics includes the city’s only detoxification center for women, a 24-hour drop-in center for homeless people, outpatient programs, a pharmacy, and 100 housing beds. Each of the 12 other Haight Ashbury Free Clinics specialize in one area of health care. The new facility moves toward “treating the whole person,” said a state senator. The city and county of San Francisco help fund the clinic system, which services mostly the homeless and uninsured, said the system’s CEO. The manager of the new clinic was once homeless herself, the article said.

A church in Pinellas County, Fla., is providing 5 acres for a planned homeless drop-in center and a community health care facility, reported the St. Petersburg Times. St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church will pay for the day center, which is expected to include showers, laundry equipment, lockers, a free telephone, and mailboxes. A $1.7 million federal appropriation is funding the Community Health Center, which will serve anyone in need of affordable health care. The branch of Community Health Centers of Pinellas will focus on preventive and holistic medicine, said the clinic system’s CEO. Locating the two new facilities near a police station and low-cost apartment building will provide the homeless community with centralized relief and transitional opportunities, said a church official.