Street Health Department Celebrates Three-Year Extension of Alameda County Grant
The Street Health Team is proud to share that their grant from Alameda County has been extended for another three years!
What started in 2019 as a modest endeavor with just four dedicated staff has evolved into a successful department serving over 820 individuals in 2022, covering Alameda County’s zones three, four, and five (Hayward, Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Alameda, and Union City).
“One of the most heartening aspects of our work has been the positive feedback from our clients,” said Street Health Program Manager, Emily Jimenez. “Not only does this strengthen our reputation and gain the trust of our clients, it also sparks interest from potential collaborators.”
The Street Health Outreach Department is also in the process of expanding housing navigation services, as many clients need help navigating the process of securing housing. The process is often daunting, and it includes gathering essential documentation like birth certificates and identification cards that most clients have not had in many years.
Once a client has secured housing, many struggle with transitioning from homelessness to stable housing, as they are going into a completely opposite, controlled, and calm environment. The housing navigation services that TVHC provides are designed to provide critical assistance during this period of vulnerability and transitions.
In addition to offering housing resources, the Street Health Outreach teams perform medical services from the mobile clinics, including administering vaccines, performing point-of-care, and physical exams. Street Health is looking to potentially offer a broader range of healthcare services, such as PAP smears, out of the program’s mobile clinics.
Congratulations to the TVHC Street Health Department on the extension of their grant! We look forward to highlighting more of your efforts to expand much-needed services to unhoused community members.