Health Care for the Homeless (HCH)

Program Goals 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.

Who is Eligible

  • Those without permanent housing or who may live on the streets, sidewalks, or train tracks.
  • Any individuals who live in a shelter, mission, single room facility, an abandoned vehicle, or any other unstable or nonpermanent situation.
  • Those who are to be released from prison and cannot return to stable living arrangements.
  • Any individuals living in a drug and alcohol facility.
  • Any individuals living in a domestic violence shelter.

Free 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.

CHN-homelessThe 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.
  • Housing referral
  • Assistance in obtaining health insurance.
  • When needed socks and personal care items.

To Schedule an appointment call:

Saunders, Program Coordinator (814) 455-7222 ext. 268

Katiria, HCH Nurse (814) 455-7222 ext. 269


Is to treat people experiencing homelessness with respect and kindness, providing them with the best quality health care possible, and provide access to medical and social services, partnering with community resources in our common struggle to Improve health and…

…end inequality and homelessness.