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PHILADELPHIA'S HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS PROGRAM IS EXPANDING THANKS TO FUNDING FROM THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS

 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Services for the homeless just got a boost today.
 The Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (PHMC) announced today that it has received funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts to expand the corporation's Health Care for the Homeless Program, which has been providing health care services to homeless people since 1985.
 The new funds will allow for the provision of nursing and social work services to formerly homeless street dwellers who are moving into supportive independent living arrangements in the community. It is estimated that a minimum of 203 homeless people will be served by the expansion.
 "Expanding the program to reach this population is a priority," said Elaine Fox, vice president for Specialized Health Services at PHMC, in a statement today. "The health needs of homeless individuals recently placed in housing are currently not being met."
 According to Fox, chronically homeless have many health problems which are often the result of severe mental illness, chemical dependence and trauma from life on the street. These problems do not disappear when housing is found. Health care services need to be provided to this population where they live; whether that be on the street, in shelters or in newly found housing.
 "For most of these individuals fulfilling health care needs are last in a series of complex, long-standing problems. The lack of health care at a time when the homeless have been placed in housing threatens their very stability," said Fox.
 Pew funding will help PHMC address this need. Funds will support additional staff which will provide specialized services once chronically homeless individuals have been placed in housing.
 Services provided will include outreach, case management, teaching and training, prevention and early intervention, and access and referral to other needed services. Special measures are planned to address tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis and influenza.
 PHMC is a non-profit public health organization that conducts research and evaluates programs, provides management and technical services for others in the health care system and provides direct services in the community.
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 /CONTACT: Elaine Fox, 215-985-2553, or Ellen Rostand, 215-985-2537, both of PHMC/


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