Community Health Net
Community Health Net’s Health Care for the Homeless Program is designed to improve the health status and outcomes for homeless individuals and families in Erie County by improving access to primary Medical and Dental Services.
Community Health Net recognizes the complex needs of the homeless and strives to provide a coordinated, comprehensive approach to the care given to the homeless in a way that welcomes them as patients.
The services free to all who qualify include:
Primary care such as preventive medical, eye and dental.
Prescriptive assistance, as may be appropriate for the program.
Education for the client and general population regarding the availability and proper use of health services.
Mental health referral services as necessary.
Drug and Alcohol referrals services.
Assistance in obtaining health insurance.
When needed socks and personal care items.
To ensure that needs are met, CHN collaborates with the Erie County Homeless Impact Committee, Greater Erie Community Action Committee Substance Abuse Program, Erie County MH/MR, Erie County Department of Health, St. Paul Lutheran Church Upper Room, The Sisters of St. Joseph, Community Shelter Services, Gateway Erie, Erie Criminal Justice System, Erie City Missions, Erie Salvation Army, Erie County Department of Public Welfare, Gaudenzia Crossroads, Community of Caring, and Mercy Center for Women.
Estimated homeless population: 1,900
Patients served: 1,100