Under Construction: New health care center for homeless opens in fall

Under Construction: New health care center for homeless opens in fall

May 19th, 2013 by Shelly Bradbury in Business Diary

The new Hamilton County Homeless Health Care Center is a $2.4 million project funded by a federal grant.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

Photo by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press.

Project: Homeless Health Care Center

Owner: Hamilton County

Location: Corner of East 11th and Peeples streets

Size: 12,000 square feet

Contractor: DBS Corp.

Cost for project: $2.4 million

Scope: The new facility has been in the works since 2010 and is funded by a federal grant. The building is going up across from the Chattanooga Community Kitchen and next to the city's new police station. The center will help meet rising demand by boosting the number of patient exam rooms, adding lobby and waiting room space and individual offices for employees.

Schedule: The new center should be finished by Sept. 30.

History: The Homeless Health Care Center was founded in 1988 and has been in a 5,500-square-foot building adjacent to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen for 20-plus years. The clinic provides routine primary care, including preventive and chronic disease care, mental health care and substance abuse treatment to homeless people living in Chattanooga and Hamilton County. It logs more than 20,000 patient visits annually.

-- Complied by Shelly Bradbury, who may be reached at sbradbury@timesfreepress.com

or 423-757-6525.