Hopeful for homeless health

November 10, 2008

It looks like a Ventura County goodwill project to provide some much-needed health care for the area’s homeless population is getting some much-needed financial help it deserves.

The county department of health is going to receive from state officials in health and human services, a $245,000 grant towards “Healthcare for the Homeless,” set up to provide medical care for transient and homeless people in Ventura. The good news came down today from Lois Capps’ office.

It’s the second five-year grant cycle county health has successfully lobbied for, says Kate Mills, the program’s administrator. The funds, she said, go towards primary care, vision and dental services for the homeless populations.

Currently, there are free homeless clinics located at Oxnard Public Health, Project Understanding, Conejo Free Clinic, Free Clinic of Simi Valley, Santa Paula Public Health and Ventura Public Health, according to the project’s Web site.

It’s about time we started thinking of the homeless community as a part of the community by offering this kind of outreach. A walk down Main Street in Ventura, at just about any time of the day or night, is proof that there is a very large homeless population here with the same needs for health and well being that we have.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the service, call the Ventura clinic on Loma Vista Road at 652-6694.

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