30 years

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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BHCHP is deeply saddened at the tragic loss of Christine Loeber, who lost her life last week during a hostage crisis in California.

Christine was the Executive Director of The Pathway Home that treats veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was a bright light in our BHCHP development and research departments from 2002 – 2007, and with Dr. O’Connell and others, helped edit the widely used manual The Health Care of Homeless Persons.

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Mikey Henry with Maestro

Chances are, if you have gone into the Starbucks at the corner of Beacon and Charles streets any time over the last 10 years, you know Michael “Mikey” Henry.

I will guarantee that Mikey knows you. He can’t read or write, but he can read people and is one of the nicest guys I know. And he never forgets a friendly face.

Mikey Henry is the Pope of Beacon Hill. Mikey knows everybody, and everybody knows Mikey. He is homeless, but people who live in some of the most beautiful homes in the city consider Mikey Henry their friend.

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BHCHP Consumer Advisory Board member Larry Adams of Hyde Park will recieve the Joseph M. Smith Award

This June 1, BHCHP Consumer Advisory Board member Larry Adams will be the sole recipient of the Joseph M. Smith Board Member Award at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers’ (MLCHC) Annual Gala.

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