Mary Howard Health Center

As part of the Health Care for the Homeless Project, the Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless, a comprehensive primary health care center for homeless people, opened on February 25, 1997 with support from Philadelphia's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Independence Foundation, and other public and private funders. The Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless is the only nurse-managed health center specifically for homeless people. It is based on the premise that comprehensive, continuous health care of homeless people is achievable. This level of care is possible because of the unique "community" developed over the past fifteen years by the Health Care for the Homeless Project and many other providers working in partnership with homeless people.

Located at 125 South 9th street, the Center provides health care to homeless people at all points along of the continuum: from the street to shelter to transitional housing to self-sufficiency. Health Care for the Homeless outreach staff are the lead providers addressing the special health needs of the hardest to reach homeless people; those identified by outreach groups responding to the Sidewalk Ordinance. While seeking out homeless people on the street, the Center is able to continue health care as people move toward self-sufficiency.

The Health Care for the Homeless Project and Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless have developed expertise in providing continuity of care to a transient population with limited support systems. Seventy-nine percent of the clients at the Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless had successful follow-up/treatment of abnormal results. This success is possible in part because the Health Care for the Homeless Project has developed services in partnership with homeless people, advocates, and homeless service providers. The project also collaborates with the Philadelphia Department of Health to address the special health risks associated with life on the street and in shelter. In addition, the project nurses and nurse practitioners use problem and social visits as opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. The result is care as comprehensive as clients are ready to accept. Services include:

  • Primary Care
  • Family planning
  • Assistance with benefits
  • Physical exam


Services are open to any patient regardless of ability to pay; sliding fee is available for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Contact information

125 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.592.4500 PHONE
215.592.4326 FAX

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Homeless Teen Education Project

In Philadelphia, there are more than 2,000 homeless children and youth in homeless shelters across the city on any given day. Many of them have moved around frequently, switched schools often, have poor grades and excessive absences, or have dropped out of school altogether. After seeing the need for more of a focus on homeless teens, the Philadelphia School District's homeless liaison, Dorette Ligons Ham, along with PHMC developed the Homeless Teen Education Project. This special initiative provides intensive case management and services to 13 to 18-year old homeless teens who are living with their parents in emergency shelters or transitional housing. Currently, the program is housed and implemented at two of the city's largest family shelters, Stenton Family Manor and the Traveler's Aid Family Shelter. The Homeless Teen Education Project provides homeless teens with tutoring, mentoring, and educational case management services, including intensive interventions to improve attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

For more information contact:

Deborah McMillan
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Centralized Intake and Referral for Montgomery County Homeless Services

PHMC serves as the Centralized Intake and Referral Call Center for Homeless Services in Montgomery County. This virtual call center, known as the Homeless Prevention Center, is operated by two service assessment specialists out of PHMC’s 260 South Broad Street offices. The goal of the project is to reduce unnecessary intake and referral services provided by Montgomery County agencies, as well as to collect data regarding the housing needs for residents of Montgomery County. This project is also the centralized intake for the County’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing project funded by HUD. The project is funded by the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Development, The North Penn Community Health Foundation and the Montgomery County Foundation.

For more information contact:

Tonya Clemon

To reach the Call Center please call 1.877.646.6306.

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