Health Care for the Homeless Program

The Health Care for the Homeless Program is a major source of care for those who are homeless in the United States. The program serves patients who live on the street, in shelters or in transitional housing. In 2011, HRSA-funded health centers served more than 1 million people experiencing homelessness.

Health Care for the Homeless grantees recognize the complex needs of homeless persons and strive to provide a coordinated, comprehensive approach to health care including substance abuse and mental health services.

Frequently Asked Questions on Health Care for the Homeless Program

Migrant Services

Migrant services support health needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers (MSFW) and their family members. These services are offered by Community Health Service, Inc., which also provide advocacy program centers in Minnesota and North Dakota. You may qualify for services if you or someone in your household has been employed in agriculture during the past 24 months. Retired and disabled farmworkers also qualify.

Individuals living in public housing

Health services are available to individuals living in public housing and are protected by the Public Housing Primary Care (PHPC) Program. The mission of the PHPC Program is to provide residents of public housing with increased access to comprehensive primary health care services.

School-Based Health Centers

Students learn better when they feel good. Partnerships between schools and the health center program allow students to manage everything from an ear infection to a chronic disease such as diabetes or asthma. On-site health services keep students in the classroom and parents in the workplace.

  • Community Health Center of the Black Hills
    • General Beadle School-Based Health Center - Rapid City, SD
  • Falls Community Health 
    • Hawthorne Elementary School-Based - Sioux Falls, SD
    • Hayward Elementary School-Based - Sioux Falls, SD
    • Terry Redlin Elementary School-Based - Sioux Falls, SD
  • Horizon Health Care, Inc.
    • Tiospaye Topa School Clinic - LaPlant, SD
  • Rural Health Care, Inc.
    • Buchanan Elementary - Pierre, SD