Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston started as a tiny two-exam room medical clinic, which included a one-operatory dental clinic, within the SEARCH building in Midtown Houston. In the first year, we served fewer than 2,000 people. Last year, we served more than 10,000 homeless men, women and children through our clinics, outreach initiatives and supportive services.
The organization’s founding was based on the experiences and commitment of Dr. David Buck, who had volunteered with Mother Teresa after college. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and continued to work with underserved populations. In 1997, he was recruited back to Baylor College of Medicine to establish an urban, underserved track in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and to fulfill his passion of working with the homeless.
In 1998, Frances Isbell was hired to develop working relationships with community-based service agencies for the homeless, along with public and private referral agencies, and to establish HHH as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
In May 1999 a large number of area homeless service providers formed a consortium dedicated to the provision of comprehensive, coordinated healthcare for the homeless. This consorium, including homeless ombudsmen, serves today as the Advisory Council of HHH.
The initial meeting of the HHH Board of Directors was held in September 2000; bylaws were adopted and officers elected.
In February 2001, HHH was granted was designated a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit corporation.
In 2002, HHH was deemed a Federally Qualified Health Center by the Bureau of Primary Health Care.
In 2003, a unique transportation project, Project Access, was launched as the first of its kind in the country, to improve access to health and social service resources in Houston.
In 2007, HHH opened the Cathedral Clinic in collaboration with Cathedral Health and Outreach Ministries. HHH’s Federally Qualified Health Center status was extended to this clinic in July 2007.
HHH began collaborating with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) of Harris County in March 2007 to provide ‘inreach’ to those who had been identified as homeless and were being treated for mental illness in the Harris County Jail and to provide continuity of care post release.
In 2008, HHH incorporated telepsychiatry into the clinical services at the SEARCH Clinic to enhance its level of psychiatric care and to provide on demand consultation with video conferencing capability. In 2009, telepsychiatry expanded to the Cathedral Clinic.
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