Homelessness

Some services target specific groups (for example, women, young people, those with mental-health issues), while, for others, the only referral criterion is that patients are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The Camden Homeless Health and Care Network was established in autumn 2017. The network is looking into a range of issues for homeless and vulnerable people across Camden including the current healthcare provision and the impact of NRPF (no recourse to public funds). Dr Jasmin Malik chairs the meetings and will keep Camden practices informed of updates.

Camden Foodbank offers food vouchers for homeless patients. To order vouchers, e: admin@rccgcitychurch.org or call 020 7387 4551 or 07984796902 or 07947197575. See downloads for the patient leaflet.

The Pavement is a booklet which comes out every two months and has details of shelters, foodbanks, and health services for homeless people. It's useful for signposting and small enough to fit in a patient's pocket. Practices can order copies by emailing london@thepavement.org.uk.


Services

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Camden Care Navigation and Social Prescribing

Helps patients with a range of complex social issues

Camden Food Bank

Emergency food donated to people in need

Camden Recovery Service

Supporting Camden residents in recovery from drug misuse and/or living in Camden's hostel pathway

Camden Specialist Drug Service

Support for misuse of opiates, stimulants and other illegal and prescribed drugs

CHIP – Camden Health Improvement Practice

Medical services for homeless people and those with substance misuse and mental health issues

Citizens Advice Bureau

Advice for people who work, live or study in Camden, including advice on benefits, housing, employment, debt

Dentists

Emergency, general and specialist community clinics

Early Homelessness Prevention Service – North London Housing Partnership

Community-based drop-in surgeries across Camden GP practices

Focus – Camden Homeless Mental Health Team

Outreach service to street homeless people and homeless people in hostels

Fulfilling Lives: Complex Homeless Case Management

Intensive support for people who have chaotic engagement

Groundswell Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service (HHPA)

Peer advocates who can help homeless patients attend or understand appointments and make informed choices about their health care

Homelessness: Young People

Support for young homeless people through New Horizon Youth Centre

Housing Support Services

Advice and information on finding a home and avoiding homelessness

IGRA Testing

Information on how to provide IGRA testing in order to improve latent TB detection

Minerva Project

Specialist support for women with a criminal history who are at risk of re-offending

Safer Streets Team

Street-based outreach service targeting those who engage in 'street activity'

Spectrum Homelessness Day Centre

Day centre for single, homeless people

Spectrum – Podiatry Service for Homeless People

Podiatry clinic for homeless people in Camden

TB Clinics

Where to refer suspected tuberculosis patients

Women at the Well

Women-only centre supporting complex needs, including prostitution, rough sleeping, trafficking, substance abuse