Seven local medical organizations are partnering with Brother Francis Shelter to help improve the healthcare for the homeless population in Anchorage.
"It's a historic partnership really," Lisa Aquino who is the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services said.
Providence Health and Services Alaska, Alaska Regional Hospital, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, the Municipality of Anchorage, along with Catholic Social Services have joined together to improve healthcare for the homeless in Anchorage with three initiatives.
The first is expanding clinical services.
"We already have an amazing Volunteer Clinic here at Brother Francis Shelter, but to expand that so that's more services in the day and on-going primary healthcare services," Aquino said.
The second improvement will be reducing non-emergency transportation to hospitals.
"To connect our guests here at Brother Francis Shelter and here on our campus with services around the city and to take some pressure off the emergency services here in Anchorage," Aquino said.
And Aquino says, the biggest benefit will be expanding their respite program for homeless people who get out of the hospital, and have nowhere to go when they are told to go home and rest.
"If you're in homelessness that's not a choice, that's not something you can do, you have to, there's no place you can just sit safely and be re-cooperating," Aquino said.