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Many of the JeffHOPE clinics operate within or alongside other organizations dedicated to housing and serving the indigent and homeless populations in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Salvation Army The Salvation Army runs Eliza Shirley House as well as many other social services programs within the city of Philadelphia.

Since the first Sunday breakfast was served in 1878, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission has strived to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of Philadelphia's homeless and disadvantaged people by providing emergency food and shelter, youth and family services, prison and jail outreach, rehabilitation, and specialized programs for the mentally ill, the elderly, the urban poor and street youth. In order to meet the basic medical needs of its clients, one of SBRM's current organizational goals is to establish a medical clinic within the facility.

ACTS Recovery House - The mission of ACTS is twofold: 1) to provide a safe, clean and drug free environment. 2) To improve the quality of life for women in the area of sobriety, education, employment, spiritual awareness, housing, reunification with children and family, supportive programming and community service.

Our Brother's Place, run by the Bethesda Project provides short term shelter and a day program that includes meals, showers, laundry, clothing, recreational, motivational activities and counseling that are available to any homeless man in the city.

Prevention Point Philadelphia Started in 1981 as a needle exchange, the center promotes harm reduction through syringe exchange, medical care, social services, and referrals to drug treatment for sex workers and injection drug users.


Web Resources


Neighborhood Recovery Reinvestment Policy for the New Hometown
John Kromer. Rutgers University Press (October 1, 1999)

Homelessness – a National Perspective
M. Robertson and M. Greenbalt. Springer; 1 edition (January 31, 1992)

Delivering Health Care to Homeless Individuals: The Diagnosis and Management of Medical
and Mental Health Conditions

David Wood. Springer Publishing Company (March 1992)

The Soloist
Steve Lopez. Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)


Plumb JD, McManus P, Carson L. A Collaborative Community Approach to Homeless Care-Primary Care. Clinics March 1996, pp. 17-30.

Plumb JD. Homelessness: Care, Prevention and Public Policy. Ann Internal Med 126; 15 June 1997: 973-975.

Plumb JD. Homelessness: Reducing Health Disparities. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2000; 163: 172-173.

Witt D, Brawer R, Plumb J.  Culturally appropriate preventive services in the African American community. Primary Care Clinics in Office Practice: Preventive Medicine 2002; 29: 487-494.

Weinstein LC, Plumb JD, Brawer R. Community Engagement of Men. Primary care: Clinics in Office Practice. 2006; 33: 247-259.

Plumb JD, Brawer R. Social and Behavioral Determinants of Men’s Health- a Public Health Perspective.  Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. 2006; 33: 17-34.

Plumb JD, Brawer R, Weinstein LC. Men’s Health.  Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Sage Publications; Nov. 2007.

Kim DH, Daskalakis C, Plumb JD, Adams S, Brawer R, et al. Modifiable cardiovascular risk factors among individuals in low socioeconomic communities and homeless shelters.  Fam Community Health 2008, 31: 269-280.

Other Resources

  • Advocacy Resource Manual: The JeffHOPE Advocacy Program connects patients with the necessary social services to help them lead a more independent life. Students from the program have developed an on-line Advocacy Manual, designed to aid in the identification of necessary services for patients.
  • JeffHOPE's Facts on Homelessness