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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Health Care for the Homeless

Our Mission

To improve the health care status of the homeless in Contra Costa County by providing accessible, culturally sensitive, non-traditional clinics in the community and to assist the homeless with access to the traditional primary care system.

About our services

Health Care for the Homeless is a multi-disciplinary bilingual team of medical, dental, Behavioral health, social support and administrative professionals. This team provides:

  • Urgent medical care
  • TB testing
  • Immunization
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse assessments, support & linkage
  • Coordination with Hospital Discharges into the Philip Dorn Respite Center
  • Medical Respite Care
  • Enrollment Counseling for Covered CA & Medi-Cal - The team now includes Certified Enrollment Counselors to assist individuals with applying for medical insurance through Covered CA.
  • Public Health Nursing
  • PCP/Medical Home Assignments
  • Individual/Group Therapy
  • Outreach & Community Advocacy
  • Health Education
  • Dental Services | Spanish
  • Health Screenings

Health Care for the Homeless is outfitted with well-equipped medical vans that visit various shelters and community centers through Contra Costa County on a weekly basis. Our services are available to individuals who meet the Homeless Criteria. Health Care for the Homeless also provides care in our Ambulatory Clinics as well as our Medical Respite Center.


Respite Information

Questions? Please call:

Health Care for the Homeless
2500 Bates Ave
Concord, CA 94520

If you or a family member is not feeling well, but you're not sure if there is a need to see a doctor in person, you can contact our Advice Nurse 1-877-661-6230 option 1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Holidays. The Advice Nurse can give you valuable advice to care for your illness or injury at home. The Advice Nurse will also help you decide if you need emergency or urgent medical care.

The Advice Nurse's services are intended for non-emergent purposes. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital