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Community Health Centers of Burlington, Safe Harbor Homeless Healthcare Program
The Homeless Health Care Program is operated by the Community Health Center of Burlington. The program provides medical, psychiatry, nutrition, and behavioral health care to people experiencing homelessness. The program also provides outreach, case management, and supportive housing services.
The Community Health Centers of Burlington’s Safe Harbor Health Center has one of the biggest missions in Burlington: to provide no-cost health and human services to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. At this center, our staff provides primary and preventive health care, supportive housing programs, psychiatry, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and case management services.
Teens and young adults up to age 26 may seek care at CHCB’s Pearl Street Youth Health Center where a medical provider and Licensed Clinical Social Worker provide primary and preventive health care, case management and mental health and substance abuse counseling, as well as connection to dental care and benefits such as health insurance.
CHCB also works closely with community partners to bring their expertise in intensive case management and health services to Harbor Place, a transitional housing complex, as well as Beacon Apartments, a permanent housing program for Burlington’s most chronically homeless individuals, and a Medical Respite Program for homeless individuals.
The centers of operation include the main site at the Community Health Center of Burlington, the adult and family homeless clinic, called the Safe Harbor Clinic, and the Pearl Street Clinic for homeless and runaway youth. Services include primary health care, psychiatry, nutrition, mental health and substance abuse counseling, outreach, referral, case management, homeless veteran’s services, and HIV/AIDS testing and counseling. Asthma, Behavioral Health Care Services, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Cancer Screening, Case Management/Social Services, Chronic Bronchitis/Emphysema, Contraceptives (issued w/counseling), Diabetes Testing/Care, Electronic Medical Records, Family Planning, Flu Vaccinations, Gynecology, Health/Nutritional Education, Hepatitis C screening/treatment, HIV/AIDS screening/education, Immunizations, Labs, Medical Respite Care, Medications/Prescription, Mental Health Counseling, Multidisciplinary Health Teams, Outreach, Pain Management Services, Pediatrics, Physical Exams, Pneumococcal vaccine, Primary Health Care, Referrals for Specialty Care, Services in Supportive Housing, Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse Treatment, Trauma, TB screening/education, Treatment of Acute Illness, Treatment of Chronic Illness.
Linkages include Committee on Temporary Shelter, Visiting, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Burlington Housing Authority, Burlington Community Land Trust, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, University of Vermont Health Network, Veterans Administration, Salvation Army, ANEW Homeless Shelters, Legal Aid, Lake Champlain Housing, United Way, St. Joseph’s House, and Steps to End Domestic Violence.
Estimated homeless population: 2,000
Patients served: 1,500
Howard Center for Human Services; COTS – Committee on Temporary Shelter
95 North Ave, Burlington, VT 05401
Spectrum Youth and Family Services
31 Elmwood Avenue, VT 05401
Jeff McKee, PsyD
Peter Gunther, MD
Safe Harbor Clinic
184 South Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
617 Riverside Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401