[NEWS] Health care for Philly and Pa.'s poorest at risk in congressional vote this week | Project HOME

[NEWS] Health care for Philly and Pa.'s poorest at risk in congressional vote this week

 

From: The Inquirer

His back hurts when he walks because of damaged disks. He has arthritis and takes medication daily for high blood pressure.

“My health is bad,” said Joseph Tippings, a homeless Philadelphian who is grateful for respites from the street.

“I’m 62 years old, and I don’t want to die out here,” he said, nursing a coffee and reading a newspaper at Project HOME’s new Hub of Hope daytime service center in Suburban Station. “I’m just trying to make it until the weather breaks.”

The walk-in center, which has basic amenities such as bathrooms, showers, and laundry machines, has space set aside for a small clinic equipped to provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care five days a week. Those plans could be disrupted if Congress doesn’t act to fund community health centers nationwide.