About Healthcare for the Homeless Network
Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) is a program of Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) that provides health care services to people experiencing homelessness in King County, a population that is especially at-risk during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition to programs operated by PHSKC, HCHN collaborates with the following community-based partner agencies in serving homeless adults, families, and youth/young adults:
- Catholic Community Services
- Country Doctor Community Health Centers
- Downtown Emergency Service Center
- Evergreen Treatment Services – REACH Program
- Friends of Youth
- Harborview Medical Center – Pioneer Square Clinics
- HealthPoint Community Health Centers
- Neighborcare Health
- University of Washington Adolescent Medicine
These agencies send care providers to locations throughout King County.
Overall, HCHN is made up of 450+ health care professionals who provide care to the tens of thousands of people living homeless in our community. These professionals are on the front lines of our County’s efforts to serve the most vulnerable and remove barriers to health care access by bringing health and behavioral health services directly to people who are living on the streets and in shelters. The services they provide include medical care, mental health counseling, substance use treatment, dental care, health insurance enrollment, case management, as well as housing supports. These services are designed to specifically address the issues that are keeping people on the streets and preventing them from finding a stable home. Many of the clients HCHN serves are older adults, with multiple chronic health needs that make them especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In order to effectively maintain the health and safety of our most vulnerable neighbors, HCHN providers and clients need access to appropriate hygiene and outreach supplies. Such supplies enable homeless outreach programs to continue providing critical outreach services to vulnerable populations, while maintaining the safety of staff and clients in accordance with public health and CDC guidance on protecting against COVID-19. Concurrently, these donations will also be shared with outreach staff who can disseminate to clients in order to that support health and health maintenance for those who are living unsheltered.
To learn more about HCHN’s work, check out the website here: www.kingcounty.gov/hch.