Hamilton County's new Homeless Health Care Center, located at 730 E. 11th St., will open Monday.
County Mayor Jim Coppinger, community partners and elected officials celebrated the new building today. The new facility is located one block east of the previous building, which is more than 50 years old. The new facility allows the staff to provide services in a more efficient and safe manner, according to a prepared statement. Services include primary care, behavioral health, dental work and social services.
"The new facility will allow us to help more people gain their independence," Karen Guinn, HHCC director, said in a prepared statement. "There has been an increase in demand for services provided by the health center, specifically from families with children."
The Hamilton County Health Department has operated the center (in its former location) for more than 21 years. The new facility is still close to the community kitchen, a thrift store and a transitional housing unit. The area has been a service center for homeless people for more than 25 years, officials said.
Artech Design Group designed the facility, and DBS Corporation built it. Construction began in January 2013. The county received a federal grant of $2.7 million to fund the project, and the city provided the land.
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