Our Mission: The Homeless Persons’ Health Project provides comprehensive health care and housing in an effort to eliminate homelessness in our community.
The Homeless Persons’ Health Project (HPHP) is one of three health clinics within the Health Services Agency of the County of Santa Cruz, and is a member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Located at 115-A Coral Street in Santa Cruz, it is in the heart of community services, sharing a campus with the Homeless Services Center (HSC) and the River Street Shelter, part of Encompass Community Services. A member of the Homeless Action Partnership (HAP), HPHP staff work diligently with other HAP members towards solving healthcare and housing issues throughout Santa Cruz County.
HPHP is a full service, primary care health center, serving the needs of the homeless and low-income populations of Santa Cruz County. Along with our full staff of medical professionals, we employ social workers, Mental Health Client Specialists, Integrated Behavioral Health counselors (therapists), benefits workers, and support staff, to meet the needs of our clients.
If someone has medical needs, benefits forms to be completed, wants to see a therapist, needs housing, a referral to a specialist, or something as basic as cold medicine, HPHP can help.
Respectful care and treatment, benefits advocacy, payee services, permanent supportive housing programs and more, our professional team approach to care and homeless issues emphasizes our commitment to the community.
HPHP provides services for 6,500 patient visits per year. In 2016, HPHP saw over 3,000 unduplicated homeless clients.A few patients are seen only once or twice, while others work with staff for months. Many others not included in this number receive supplies, information, and referrals to other services.
HPHP has been a federally funded program since 1989, and receives matching funds from the County of Santa Cruz. HPHP is consistently awarded Federal grants to fund its health center, permanent supportive housing programs, and other innovative programs, including newly-added Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opiate and alcohol use disorder, and more.
If you need healthcare, information on local food and shelter programs, referrals, or related topics, stop by to see one of our public health nurses. If you do not have insurance, we will still see you, and will even help you apply for Medi-Cal and other benefits.