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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.
Housing referral
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

General Info


R. Anthony Snow

HCH Coordinator

Saunders McLaurin

Medical Director

Zahida Bhatti

UDS Number


Contact Info

Phone Number

(814) 454-4530




Physical Address

1202 State Street
Erie, PA 16501

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS09746, a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement for $1,625,741, with 0% match from nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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