The HOMES Clinic began in 1999...
In the 1990s, students from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work conducted a needs assessment of the homeless population of Houston. The students, led by George Bement, found that healthcare for the homeless was severely limited on Sundays, as most non-emergency medical facilities were closed. Students from the University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston collaborated to address this issue. HOMES Clinic was founded in 1999 by Dr. David Buck, then a family medicine physician at BCM, as a student-run Sunday clinic dedicated to the care of individuals experiencing homelessness. Since its inception, HOMES Clinic has involved thousands of student volunteers and has served over 4,000 patients. To this day, HOMES Clinic works closely with Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston (HHH), a Federally Qualified Health Center, which provides much of our administrative and logistical support.
From Monday through Saturday (closed Thursday), HHH operates the Beacon's Cathedral Clinic, and HOMES utilizes the space on Sundays. The site is equipped with four standard outpatient exam rooms as well as a basic pharmacy and spaces for social services and physician consultation.
HHH & Cathedral Clinic
HHH is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide quality medical care to the homeless and underserved of Houston. Many of the patients seen at this clinic do not qualify for benefits from the Harris Health System and thus find their only access to care here. For those who do qualify for the Harris Health System, HHH seeks to be the bridge to a more permanent medical home. The Cathedral Clinic operates every weekday except Thursday. Visit their website.
Established by Christ Church Cathedral, the Beacon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides social services to Houston area homeless. Services include: the Beacon Day Center, which provides essential services such as meals, laundry and case management; Brigid’s Hope, a transitional residence serving homeless women who have left the Texas prison and jail system; and the Cathedral Justice Project, a legal aid program providing pro-bono legal services to the poor and the homeless. In 2011, the Beacon provided services to over 11,500 clients. Through its partnership with HOMES, the Beacon provides an opportunity for volunteers to meet and learn about this population before each clinic day as well as a natural entry point for those with medical issues to obtain assistance at HOMES. Visit their website.
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