Health Care for the Homeless

Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) is a program of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. We coordinate a network of health centers and community based organizations to increase access and improve care for people experiencing homelessness in Alameda County. We work closely with our contractors and other partners to strengthen services, and in some cases HCH staff directly provides care alongside staff from contracting organizations.

HCH has been providing health care and case management services to persons experiencing homelessness throughout Alameda County since 1988. In 2015, HCH provided 35,374 medical and social support service encounters to 9,301 homeless persons throughout Alameda County.

Our mission is to treat people experiencing homelessness with respect and kindness, providing them with the best quality health care possible along with access to social services, partnering with community resources in our common struggle to improve health and end inequality and homelessness.

What We Do

In partnership with Alameda Health System and LifeLong Medical Care, HCH offers comprehensive primary care with integrated behavioral health at five sites throughout Alameda County: Highland Wellness, Eastmont Wellness, Hayward Wellness, Newark Wellness, and the Trust Health Center.

Other services include: 1) Urgent Care (offered at Alameda Health System’s Same Day Clinic and via mobile clinics); 2) Street Medicine (offered through Oakland STOMP, which is a partnership of Roots Community Health Center and HEPPAC, and by a partnership of Tri-City Health Center and Abode Services); 3) Substance Use Treatment (offered through Second Chance and East Oakland Recovery Center); and 4) Specialty Dental Care (offered through La Clinica de la Raza and On Site Dental).

Health Homes for Persons Experiencing Homelessness

Persons experiencing homelessness can access a primary care health home at the following Alameda Health System ambulatory care clinics:
Highland Wellness
Hayward Wellness
Eastmont Wellness
Newark Wellness

Persons experiencing homelessness can also access care at one of the eight Alameda County Clinic Consortium community clinics.

Urgent Care

Same-day, urgent care appointments for persons experiencing homelessness are available at the Alameda Health System Same Day Clinic at Highland Hospital, at 1411 East 31st Street, Oakland, CA. For more information, call 510-437-8500.

Mobile Clinics

HCH provides urgent care, brief social work assessments, and referrals to community resources while visiting shelters, meal programs, and other accessible locations in the community. Services are provided free of charge to people experiencing homelessness on a first-come-first-served basis. For schedule and locations, see our online calendar or call 510-891-8950.

Services for Undocumented Day Laborers

We offer free health services for undocumented day laborers at three day labor centers in Hayward, Fruitvale (Oakland), and Berkeley. For more information, call 510-891-8950, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. We speak Spanish.

Servicios para Jornaleros Indocumentados

Ofrecemos servicios de salud gratis para jornaleros indocumentados en tres centros de jornaleros, en HaywardFruitvale (Oakland), y Berkeley. Favor de llamarnos a 510-891-8950, lunes a viernes, 9-5. Se habla español.

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