October 30, 2006
Boston Health Care For The Homeless Breaks Ground On New Facility In Boston's South End

The Yawkey Foundation Supports Campaign with $5 Million Grant

Continuing the Yawkey Foundation's commitment to organizations that provide health care services to the neediest residents in our communities, the Trustees awarded $5 million to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). The Program broke ground on a new $35.5 million facility that will enable it to increase the number of patients it treats while improving continuity of care.

BHCHP will renovate a four-story, 77,000 square-foot Egyptian Revival building at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street in Boston, the former home of Boston City Hospital's pathology department and the city morgue.

"This new building will be milestone in the 20-year history of our organization," said BHCHP Executive Director Robert Taube, Ph.D, MPH. "Our homeless patients deserve high quality medical care, and this building will allow us to continue to expand our services."

BHCHP is an innovative and nationally-recognized organization of doctors, nurses, other clinicians and support staff that provides coordinated and consistent medical care and support to more than 9,000 homeless individuals and families each year.

The new location offers an ideal site for BHCHP to operate an accessible and comprehensive primary care, mental health and dental clinic directly across the street from Boston Medical Center (BMC), where BHCHP currently has a busy primary care clinic each week day.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program operates daily clinics in three Boston hospitals and more than 70 community sites, including shelters, day centers, soup kitchens, street locations, and in the backstretch of Suffolk Downs Racetrack.

For more information about the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, please visit http://www.bhchp.org.