41 West Street
Monday through Friday
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In 2021, we opened our first brick and mortar clinic centrally located at 41 West Street in Downtown Boston. The new 2,148 square foot location is open on weekdays. In addition to “gap care” provided in the wellness clinic, the site is also used for intensive case management programs Bridges to Elders and Bridges to Moms, and for housing search and support. Of course, we will continue to meet women in need of care where they feel safe and provide services at local area shelters.
This is a pivotal moment for HCWW, the only NGO in Boston that has dedicated over 20 years to reaching vulnerable women through a unique model of personalized “gap care,” health justice, and advocacy provided in area shelters—all at no cost to clients, thanks in large part to the generosity of donors and foundation support. Now, in keeping with our belief that women have the right to choose their healthcare regardless of where they are sheltered, women who need care will be able to find us for compassionate medical care and support finding housing, food, transportation, and safety.
We are able to provide this care thanks to the generosity of so many Champions of Care. Rather than feel invisible, these Champions of Care serve to remind women that they are loved and not alone. Thanks to the support of many, HCWW will continue to be there as along as there is a need.
Services Offered at the 41 West Street Clinic
Housing Search & Support
The dire lack of affordable housing in Massachusetts makes homelessness a public health crisis. Finding permanent, affordable housing in MA requires intense, persistent effort and advocacy to locate qualified housing; complete applications; and then successfully rent, move in, and maintain a home.
Any client who is experiencing homelessness — whether on the street or currently in a shelter — can get our help.
Our team of Community Health Workers will assist with the search for affordable housing:
- Gather all of the necessary documents for housing eligibility
- Assist with applications for Section-8 vouchers, rental offices, and more
- Help finalize housing placement
- Connect with supporting services
Be the advocate after housing to ensure the client remains stable, and securely housed.
Women have unique medical and biological needs, and the added challenges of trauma and homelessness take a significant toll on health: homeless persons experience age-related medical conditions 10-20 years earlier than the population at large. The vast majority of homeless women suffer from one or more chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.
Our nurse-led team of caregivers is there to help with:
- Acute illness diagnoses and referrals
- Chronic disease management including
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Blood sugar testing
- Medication management
- Primary and specialist care referrals
- Health education
Nurses are available by telehealth appointment, or drop-in / call-in during regular clinic hours.
Bridges to Elders
The number of elderly women who are homeless or struggling in Boston is growing dramatically. For clients 55 or older, we recognize the unique hardships and we are here to help.
Bridges to Elders offers intensive case management and support, with a dedicated team of Nurse Practitioners and Community Health Workers. We are here to bridge the gap between traditional medical care and social services to meet all health needs including housing, food security, transportation, and personal safety.
Our dedicated team of clinicians will:
- Provide an assessment of overall medical conditions and health care needs
- Assist with Masshealth, Medicare, SSI, SSDI, SNAP, and any other entitlement applications
- Support a housing search, in collaboration with community partners
- Accompany clients to medical appointments to listen and advocate on their behalf