Healthcare for the Homeless

Last Year Project H.O.P.E. saw 1,773
unduplicated homeless persons

Project H.O.P.EOn September 2, 2011, The Huffington Post featured an article, “Bobby Watts Makes Sure the Homeless Have Healthcare,” that highlights Care for the Homeless in New York City. In New Jersey, Project H.O.P.E. shares the same mission.

Watts, Executive Director, works to help individuals experiencing homelessness avoid visits to emergency rooms by dispatching medical outreach teams to find homeless people where they are spending the night and getting their meals – wherever that may be. But he admits that this work is getting increasingly more challenging with the numbers of homeless in shelters on the rise.

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Here in New Jersey, Project H.O.P.E. in Camden is also working to meet the critical healthcare needs of the homeless.

Executive Director Patricia DeShields describes the work of her organization:

Given that there are only five federally qualified health center for the homeless projects in New Jersey, as the only one in Camden, Project H.O.P.E. is in a unique position to provide crucial medical and behavioral health services to one of the most underserved populations, within one of the most economically depressed urban areas in the entire nation. In 2010 alone, Project H.O.P.E. saw 1,773 unduplicated patients for over 5,300 medical visits in an attempt to help provide the medical care that is needed on the road towards self sufficiency.

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