Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless


The Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless, a comprehensive primary healthcare center for homeless people, opened on February 25, 1997, as part of the Health Care for the Homeless Project, with support from Philadelphia's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Independence Foundation, and other public and private funders. The Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless is the only nurse-managed health center specifically for homeless people. It is based on the premise that providing comprehensive, continuous health care for those who are homeless is achievable. This level of care is possible because of the unique community developed by the Health Care for the Homeless Project and many other providers working in partnership with the homeless population.

The center provides health care to homeless people at all points along the continuum, from street to shelter to transitional housing to self-sufficiency. Health Care for the Homeless outreach staff are the lead providers addressing the special health needs of the hardest-to-reach homeless individuals: those identified by outreach groups responding to the Sidewalk Ordinance. The center seeks out homeless people on the street and continues to provide health care as the individuals move toward self-sufficiency.

The Health Care for the Homeless Project and the Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless have developed expertise in providing continuity of care to a transient population with limited support systems. Seventy-nine percent of the clients at Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless had successful follow-up/treatment of abnormal results. This success is possible in part because the Health Care for the Homeless Project has developed services in partnership with homeless people, advocates and homeless service providers. The project also collaborates with DHHS to address the special health risks associated with life on the street and in the shelter. In addition, project nurses and nurse practitioners use problem and social visits as opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. The result is care as comprehensive as clients are ready to accept.

Same-day appointments available. Walk-ins are permitted. Minimal wait times for appointments.
Flexible payment options to suit patient needs.

Accepted health plans:
Aetna, HealthPartners, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare, Medicaid and Medicare insurance plans are all accepted, with a sliding scale available for uninsured patients.


Our Services

Primary care
Family planning
Assistance with benefits
Physical examinations


Hours and Location

Monday–Wednesday: 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Thursday: 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

125 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.592.4500 PHONE
215.592.4326 FAX


This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). This health center also receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.