Homeless individuals are up to six times more likely to get sick than the general population. Compounded by lack of access to quality healthcare, chronic illness creates instability that makes it difficult to secure housing and employment. 

The shelter-based clinics located in our Third Street, Fort Washington, and New Providence shelters serve homeless adults from all over New York City. Our physicians provide compassionate care and no one is turned away, regardless of their ability to pay. Services include diabetes testing, depression and substance abuse screening, HIV testing and viral load suppression, tobacco cessation, and detox treatments — all crucial for the population we serve. Addressing these health issues give homeless individuals a chance to get back on their feet.

Additionally, since homeless individuals visit the emergency room an average of five times a year at a cost of $3,700 per visit, our clinics allow more efficient, effective use of healthcare resources by reducing non-urgent ER use and preventable hospitalizations. Our primary care program is accredited by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Data: We treated 2,877 patients at our shelter-based primary care clinics in 2016.