A new mobile clinic will begin serving homeless people in Seattle this month, offering medical, mental-health and chemical-dependency care.
A new medical clinic on wheels will begin serving homeless people in Seattle this month, Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday.
The mobile clinic will complement a vehicle that’s already been serving South King County and the Eastside by making daily visits to food banks, tent cities, social-service agencies and other locations where people without homes can receive walk-in care.
The cost of the new clinic will be about $700,000 per year, with $500,000 coming this year out of a one-time allocation Murray made in November, when he proclaimed a homelessness state of emergency in Seattle.
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“As we continue to address the city’s homelessness crisis, we know there is not one answer, but many as we try to help those who are most vulnerable,” the mayor said in a statement.
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“This mobile medical van will enable us to deliver critical health care to those in need and serve as an entry point to long-term support services and permanent housing.”
The rest of the cost to operate the new vehicle is coming from billing for covered medical services and from the federal government, Murray said.
The clinic will provide mental-health and chemical-dependency help in addition to standard medical care, according to the mayor.
It stopped Wednesday at St. John United Lutheran Church in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw praised the launch, calling the vehicle a “one-stop shop” for people with medical needs who are living on the street.