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Our program emphasizes linking people who are homeless into patient-centered care for medical, dental, mental health, and substance use conditions.

Teams of clinical service providers are situated at a variety of sites throughout King County. The teams use a trauma-informed approach in providing services. They are skilled at meeting the person who is homeless "where they are", and build trusting relationships with them.

Harm reduction and motivational interviewing techniques are used to engage people in identifying their needs and taking steps toward improving their health. The following links may be helpful to people living homeless who are seeking care and do not know where to find it in their area of the County.


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  • Mobile medical care for people living homeless
    The Mobile Medical program provides basic medical care, dental care, and social services to homeless individuals and families living in Seattle and south King County. The program does not charge a fee and does not require insurance.

  • Public Health Centers
    Services are provided at Public Health Centers located in Seattle and King County. Most Public Health Centers are open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. No one is turned away because they cannot afford to pay. We can help you enroll in health insurance, if eligible. All our services are free or low cost, based on how much money you make.

  • Public Health Teen Clinics
    All services at Public Health Teen Clinics are free or low cost. Guys and girls up to their 21st birthday are welcome at Teen Clinics. We welcome straight, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, and questioning teens. You will not be judged based on who you have sex with.

  • Country Doctor Community Clinic and Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center
    Provides a full range of primary care services with Country Doctor located on Seattle's Capitol Hill District and Carolyn Downs located in the Central District of Seattle.

  • Pioneer Square Clinic
    Provides primary health care and treats acute problems for adult patients residing in downtown Seattle.

  • 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
    Odessa Brown Children's Clinic (OBCC) is a community clinic of Seattle Children's Hospital located in Seattle's Central District. Children from birth through 21 receive care from a team of specially trained pediatric care providers. OBCC provides medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services to all families, regardless of their ability to pay.

  • SeaMar
    Health care referrals for families with children. Staff speak English and Spanish, interpretation services are available for other languages.
  • Seattle - King County medical respite: Edward Thomas House at Jefferson Terrace
    The Medical Respite Program provides homeless individuals a safe place to recover from acute injury or illness. Short-term shelter, nursing and behavioral health services are the key elements of medical respite's recuperative care.

  • Birth control and STD clinics
    Specializes in birth control, pregnancy tests, Plan B and testing for STDs. At Public Health, our doctors and nurses are experts in family planning services. No one is turned away because they cannot afford to pay. We can help you enroll in health insurance, if eligible. All our services are free or low cost, based on how much money you make.

  • Breast, cervical and colon health
    Don't let money stand in your way. You could qualify for free cancer screenings. Join thousands of people in Washington State who have already been screened for cancer.

  • Public Health Dental Clinics
    Services are provided at Public Health Centers located in Seattle and King County. The Downtown Public Health Center in Seattle's Belltown District serves homeless clients from age 13 and up.

  • King County Mental Health Services
    King County offers quality mental health services in crisis intervention and community mental health treatment. These supportive services include client and family resources, housing, employment, and diversion and reentry services.

  • Public Health Teen Clinics
    All services at Public Health Teen Clinics are free or low cost. Guys and girls up to their 21st birthday are welcome at Teen Clinics. We welcome straight, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, and questioning teens. You will not be judged based on who you have sex with.

  • Free or low-cost health insurance and access to related services
    Need help finding the right health-related services? We connect people in need to medical providers, health insurance options, and many essential services – ranging from food and energy assistance, to breast cancer and dental care options.

  • Needle Exchange
    Needle exchange is a public health program for people who use drugs by injection. In an effort to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections among people who inject drugs, this program provides new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment in exchange for used, contaminated syringes.
  • Brochure and poster series
    Tips and guidelines to prevent the flu, colds, heat exhaustion, spider bites, tick-borne diseases and West Nile virus.

  • Crisis Connections open 24-hours at 1-866-427-4747
    Crisis Connections connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to services that will be of help. They help to reduce immediate emotional distress and defuse crises for individuals, families and the community; to reduce the immediate risk of violence to one's self and others; and to increase the ability of people to access the safety net, particularly for mental and emotional support services. 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-866-427-4747.

  • Community Information Line: Dial 2-1-1
    King County 2-1-1 provides comprehensive information on food, shelter, housing, rent and utility assistance, legal assistance, financial assistance, governmental assistance programs, health care, employment, education and family support programs.

  • Kids Plus
    Provides assistance for children and their families experiencing homelessness. It provides support from a multi-disciplinary team of nursing, social work, chemical dependency, housing and eligibility specialists during times of transition.
Downloadable flyers for people living homeless and homeless service providers in PDF format:

Rats and miceRats and mice are common in King County. They can spread diseases such as rat bite fever and hantavirus. People can get sick from handling rats/mice, contact with their feces, urine or saliva, or from bites. You are more likely to come into contact with them when living in cars, RVs and outdoors. These important tips will help you stay safe and healthy.

Rats and Mice: Guidance for people living outdoors or homeless

Hepatitis A (Hep A) is a virus that spreads easily. Many people don't know that they have Hep A so they spread it without knowing.

Arabic
التهاب الكبد A: تحذيرات صحية للأشخاص الذين يعيشون في الملاجئ

Chinese
甲型肝炎: 针对无家可归人群的健康警告

English
Hepatitis A: Health warning for people living homeless

Korean
A형 간염: 홈리스 생활자를 위한 건강 경고

Spanish
Hepatitis A: Advertencia de salud para personas que están sin hogar

Hepatitis A: Health warning for encampment operators
Encampment operators must provide adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities

Wound infections: Alert for people living homelessGet care for wound infections. Group A strep is a germ that is spreading in King County. It can cause "strep throat" and skin infections, and also severe infections, including "flesh-eating" bacterial infections. People living homeless and those who inject drugs are at higher risk.

Wound Infections: Alert for people living homeless

Shigella: Highly contagious diarrheal illnessShigella causes diarrhea, fever and stomach pain and can be spread through tiny, invisible bits of poop (stool) that people touch and then accidentally ingest. Learn how to avoid getting and spreading it.

Shigella: Highly contagious diarrheal illness

Shigella: Enfermedad diarreica altamente contagiosa, Spanish

Group A Strep: Health warning for homeless service providersIf you're a homeless service provider, encourage clients to prevent from getting Group A Strep by getting prompt treatment for skin infections, wounds and illnesses.

Group A Strep: Health warning for homeless service providers

How to reduce flu in sheltersPeople with the flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Flu viruses are spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. If you are a shelter provider, learn tips on how to prevent the spread of flu by increasing the distance between people, separating clients with symptoms of flu and clean and disinfect surfaces.

How to reduce flu in shelters

Advisory on how to prevent the spread of HIVMore people living homeless and people who inject drugs are being diagnosed with HIV in north Seattle. Please test for HIV regularly.

HIV: For people living homeless
HIV signs and symptoms

Cleaning to Kill Hepatitis A
Special cleaning and disinfecting is important to prevent hep A from spreading