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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Health care resources for people experiencing homelessness

Free and low cost health insurance

Health services are available on site at selected shelters, day centers, transitional housing programs, and other homeless programs in King County. Homeless people should check with their program about whether on-site health services are available.

People who are homeless can also access care at many community and public health clinics at locations throughout King County. Services are free or low cost, depending on income. Check with specific clinics about hours and appointments.

Clinic locations

  • Public Health Centers
    Services are provided at Public Health Centers located in Seattle and King County. Fees are based according to one's income. Most Public Health Centers are open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Many clinics also offer evening hours and services vary from site to site.

  • Country Doctor Community Clinic and Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center
  • Pioneer Square Clinic
    Pioneer Square Clinic provides primary health care and treats acute problems for adults in the downtown area. Walk-in at 7 AM to get an appointment later that same day.

  • Neighborcare Health
    Neighborcare Health has many clinics in the area. Access a list of clinics with phone numbers, descriptions of services and addresses.

  • HealthPoint
    HealthPoint has many clinics throughout King County (not in Seattle). Access a list of clinic locations, services, addresses, and phone numbers.

  • Odessa Brown Children's Clinic

  • SeaMar
    Health care referrals for families with children. Staff speak English and Spanish, interpretation services are available for other languages.

  • Veteran's programs

  • Breast, cervical and colon health
    Pap test, colorectal screening (for men and women) and mammogram. For a referral to a clinic near you or for more information, call (toll-free) the Community Health Access Program (CHAP) at 1-800-756-5437. More information about the state-wide program.

  • Free or low-cost health insurance
    Many children, families, and adults in Washington State get free or low cost health insurance. Your ability to get these state and federal sponsored medical programs is based on income and family size.

  • Healthy Options, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Medical Assistance Administration
    Healthy Options is the DSHS Medicaid managed care program for low income people in the state of Washington. Healthy Options offers eligible families, children under 19, and pregnant women a complete medical benefit package.

Mental health programs

Shelter, housing, and other resources

The Crisis Clinic of King County maintains a database of thousands of community organizations, including agencies providing emergency shelter and affordable housing. Visit their website or call them to speak with a referral specialist.

  • Community Information Line: Dial 2-1-1. If 2-1-1 does not yet work for you, call either the local, toll-free or TDD numbers:

    Phone: 206-461-3200
    Toll Free: 800-621-4636
    TTY/TDD: 206-461-3610

  • 24-Hour Crisis Line
    Phone: 206-461-3222
    Toll Free: 800-244-5767
    TTY/TDD: 206-461-3219

Related Public Health programs and services:

  • Family Planning
    Provides reproductive health, birth control, STD, outreach and education services for King County residents in order to promote sexual health and well being and reduce unintended pregnancies.