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Since 1988, medical respite care has been an essential component of the continuum of healthcare services provided by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Originating as shelter-based medical beds, medical respite care for men and women is now provided in one freestanding facility, the 104-bed Barbara McInnis House which is housed in the top three floors of Jean Yawkey Place on Albany Street in Boston and located across the street from Boston Medical Center.

The mission of the Medical Respite Program is to provide recuperative care, short-term residential care and coordination of services for medically complex homeless and under-housed adults in the city of Lynn. Clients will be referred by the North Shore Medical Center, Lynn Community Health Center, Greater Lynn Senior Services, Lynn Emergency Shelter and other community agencies.

The Stacy Kirkpatrick House is a step-down respite facility, welcoming patients previously recovering from surgeries, long-term treatments, and other ailments at the Barbara McInnis House.