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Healthcare for the Homeless

Striving to meet the medical needs of everyone in our community, GLFHC offers the only federally-funded Healthcare for the Homeless Program in the Merrimack Valley.  

GLFHC’s Healthcare for the Homeless program serves more than 1,100 patients at community-based sites across the Merrimack Valley. Our medical team provides primary healthcare directly to this patient population at shelters, drop in centers, and soup kitchens for health issues ranging from diabetes to depression and exposure to the elements. In addition to providing primary healthcare, staff also assist in securing medications, health insurance, and directing our homeless patients towards local resources for food, emergency shelter, permanent housing and job training.  

GLFHC provides healthcare to the homeless at community-based sites on a regularly scheduled basis, including:


  • Daybreak Shelter – 19 Winter St., Lawrence 
  • Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen – 58 Newbury St., Lawrence
  • Common Ground – 194 Winter St., Haverhill 
  • Days-In Hotel – 159 Pelham St., Methuen 
  • The Movement Family (TMF) – 295 Common St., Lawrence 
  • House of Mercy – 85 Baystate Rd., Lawrence

Mobile Health Unit

The health center’s Mobile Health Unit (MHU) treats homeless patients in the communities in which they live, delivering primary care and other specialized care to them that they might not otherwise be able to receive.  

Services we provide on the MHU include:  

  • Primary Health Care 
  • Urgent Care 
  • General Health Screenings 
  • Family Planning 
  • Wound Care 
  • Immunizations 
  • Referrals to Resources

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s Mobile Health Unit (MHU) receives generous funding annually through a sustaining grant from Cummings Foundation. The grant awards the MHU $50,000 a year over a 10-year period, which has enabled the Health Center to continue to provide care to our most vulnerable patient population throughout Lawrence, Methuen, and Haverhill.