PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Broad Street Ministry provides many services to Philadelphia’s homeless population.
On Friday, it announced the addition of a new one, and it is a big one.READ MORE: 2 Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officers Robbed At Gunpoint In Oxford Circle
Broad Street has teamed up with Health Partners Plans, an HMO that serves low income patients, and FIGHT, which provides medical services primarily to HIV patients, to provide medical care, on site, for the homeless.
“I am so excited because Philadelphia FIGHT and Health Partners Plan are saying that they are willing to bring their care directly to our guests, who are some of the most vulnerable people in the city,” said executive director Mike Dahl.READ MORE: Delaware Division Of Public Health Announces Vaccine Providers Can Start Administering COVID-19 Booster Shots
Health Partners CEO Bill George says the partnership arose after the HMO found 500 of its members using the Ministry as their address.
“Even though this is a non-traditional approach, even though we don’t think anyone else has done this, we are confident that we will improve access, improve care, and ultimately, for the taxpayers, reduce the costs of caring for this very vulnerable population,” he said.
George says, in fact, Health Partners is already looking to expand to other sites.MORE NEWS: Resource Center Opens In Bucks County For Residents, Businesses Affected By Ida
“We believe what we learn here on South Broad Street, we can replicate elsewhere because homelessness is everywhere in the United States,” he said.