The San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium forms an innovative partnership with a new pop-up clinic at Tiny Home Village
San Francisco, November 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Street Outreach Services (SOS), a program of the San Francisco Consortium for Community Clinics (SFCCC), is pleased to announce a new pop-up clinic location on 33 Gough Streeta temporary housing community of 70 tiny homes designed for San Francisco residents experiencing homelessness.
SOS, the mobile outreach component of SFCCC’s Homeless Health Care Program, has been providing high-quality, non-judgmental health services to unhoused people since 1988. Traveling in a medical van to locations throughout San Francisco, the dedicated team of doctors, nurses, outreach workers and volunteers is setting up “Clinics Without Walls” in soup kitchens, on city streets, under highway overpasses, in parks, and now, in a tiny home village. At the request of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (SFDHSH), SOS jumped at the opportunity to begin offering weekly care in the tiny home village, designed by Dignity Moves and operated by Urban Chemistry.
The unique setting of the tiny home village represents a new model of care delivery for the SOS team. “Compared to other SOS sites, it’s like doing old-fashioned home visits,” shares an SOS community health worker, Trevor Wong. “It’s easier to find people and follow them than if they were living in a tent and always moving around.” Another SOS provider points out that because a number of organizations offer other on-site services, it is easier for SOS staff to coordinate additional services for residents.
On days when the SOS truck visits the hamlet, Urban Alchemy staff helps by conducting health outreach while distributing morning breakfast to residents. For patients who require medical services not available through SOS, the central location of the tiny homes in the South of Market neighborhood enables SOS staff to easily refer clients to nearby clinics that are members of the SFCCC, or those operated by SFDPH.
“The success of the Small Home Village Partnership demonstrates the power of collaboration to address critical community health issues like homelessness,” says SFCCC CEO. Joanna Liu. “The SFCCC is the regulator: whether we are bringing our 12-member health centers together, or coordinating with other community organizations to serve our SOS clients, our role is to provide leadership and foster innovation based on more than forty years of local safety experience.” Experts Net serving San Francisco most vulnerable populations.”
The San Francisco Community Clinics Consortium (SFCCC) is a partnership of 12 community health centers that serves as the largest primary care safety net delivery system in San Francisco. For more than 40 years, SFCCC and its members have been leaders in improving health and reducing health disparities among people. San Francisco Diverse, low-income communities through direct service, population expertise, and community leadership.
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Source: San Francisco Community Clinic Federation