Health Care for the Homeless / Cuidados de Salud para Personas sin Hogar
Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) serves approximately 3,500 unduplicated homeless people per year in 8 shelters and drop-in centers in St. Paul. The program began in 1987 through federal grant funds allocated from the Stewart McKinney-Bruce Vento Act to End Homelessness. This act covers a global set of approaches to address the housing, health care, addiction, mental health, and employment obstacles that prevent homeless people from stabilizing their lives. Health Care for the Homeless carries out its mission to increase access to essential health care by bringing the services to convenient locations and using a walk-in design that works well for the target population.
The team of providers that travels between sites includes some or all of the following: Family Nurse Practitioner, Public Health Nurses, family practice physicians, psychiatrists, a social worker, an ophthalmologist, a chiropractor, mental health nurse, a Chemical Dependency counselor, and clinic coordinators. Acute and preventive services are offered on a walk-in basis. Well-child and well-woman check-ups, hypertension, diabetes, upper respiratory infections, and skin and foot problems are the more common visit types. Medications are provided without charge from an array of purchased and donated pharmaceuticals. Community referrals assist HCH staff in meeting needs beyond the scope of the clinic (e.g.: x-ray, chemical dependency treatment, and legal aid).
438 Main Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Name: Helene Freint, Program Director
Phone: (651) 793-2201
Our main administrative office hours:
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dorothy Day Center: Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Union Gospel: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Ramsey County Family Services: M, W 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for dental hygiene
Accepted insurance providers
West Side Community Health Services serves all who need care, regardless of their ability to pay and regardless of their insurance status. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, you can apply for our West Side Cares Discount Program. Once enrolled in our West Side Cares Discount Program the fees you are asked to pay are substantially lower. Please contact us to learn more about the program or visit one of our sites so we can get you enrolled.
Most insurance plans are accepted including Medical Assistance, Medicare, MinnesotaCare, HealthPartners, UCare, BlueCrossBlueShield/BluePlus, Medica Choice, and other private and public insurances.
Services are available at the following site:
Dorothy Day Center,
183 Old 6th Street,
St. Paul, MN 55102 651.647.2305
Services are available to shelter residents only at the following sites:
Union Gospel Mission,
435 East University Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55101
Ramsey County Family Service Center,
2001 Van Dyke,
Maplewood, MN 55109 651.647.2258
All clinics are run on a walk-in basis.
Some services may require referral to other Health Care for the Homeless or WSCHS clinic sites.
Eligible patients must meet homeless criteria.
Psychiatry visits require telephone intake.