The mission of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) is to ensure unconditionally equitable and dignified access to the highest quality health care for all individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community.
BHCHP is an integrated team of over 600 medical and behavioral health staff, social service providers, and support staff committed to ensuring and delivering equitable and dignified access to comprehensive, high-quality health care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Boston and beyond.
At our 30+ clinic sites in shelters and hospitals, our medical respite program, and on the streets, we provide medical care, behavioral health care, youth and family services, and case management to nearly 10,000 individuals (adults and children) every year.
And we serve as an innovator and thought leader at the intersection of health care and homelessness, sharing our research and model of care with hospitals, medical and other allied health professional schools, public agencies, and other homeless programs locally and nationally.
These five attributes define our unique care at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program:
Our committed staff care for our patients with the highest level of empathy, deeply understanding the struggles of their challenging lives.
Our highly skilled caregivers coordinate and deliver the most effective care to our patients, addressing complex medical and behavioral health conditions that are difficult and profound.
We strive to restore human dignity to our patients, treating them with respect and a genuine admiration for their courage and resiliency in enduring poverty and homelessness.
We pioneer and develop best practices that address the complex and changing needs of our patients, share our knowledge, and support the adoption of these practices throughout the country.
We promote equity as a guiding principle in all that we do, holding it as integral to each of our program’s goals and priorities.