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Thousands of individuals find themselves homeless in greater Boston every year. Among them are chronically ill adults, veterans, families with school-age children, and the elderly. They are the people who stay in emergency shelters or motel rooms, eat in soup kitchens, or visit drop-in centers. They are also the men and women who find themselves on the streets, trying to survive in makeshift shelters under bridges, down alleyways, and behind city buildings.

Over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children are cared for by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program each year. We are committed to ensuring that every one of these individuals has access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental care to cancer treatment. Our clinicians, case managers, and behavioral health professionals work in more than 60 locations to deliver the highest quality health care to some of our community’s most vulnerable—and most resilient—citizens.  

Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor
by Dr. Jim J. O'Connell

Dr. O'Connell’s collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets.

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 Andover electrician designs restroom alarm to help prevent opioid ODs _ The Heroin Crisis_ A Special Report _ eagletribune

An Andover electrician came to understand the opioid crisis in a deeper way because a longtime client of his that serves the homeless had several patients a week overdosing in their public restrooms. So they asked him for help. The result? That client hasn’t had a bathroom overdose in months since the electrician’s restroom alarm system was installed.

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Sharon Morrison points at photos in NECHV credit Kevin Cullen Globe Staff

At the New England Center and Home for Veterans, BHCHP staffer Sharon Morrison encourages patients and those who work at the center bringing in photos of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from every conflict going back to World War II to decorate the walls of the center.

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Therapy dog BHCHP Maestro

While thousands of men and women in Boston struggle to survive with no place to call home, one Needham resident is using an unconventional tool to help them: a dog.

Once a week for the past three years, Suzanne Bossert has brought her therapy dog to visit patients at the Barbara McInnis House, a recuperative facility for homeless people run by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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