In the mid-90s, Drs. James Plumb and Lara Weinstein founded a small clinic in North Philadelphia that is run by Project H.O.M.E. (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education), an anti-poverty and homelessness advocacy group based in Philadelphia, with help from Thomas Jefferson University.
The clinic provides primary care for area residents who may or may not have health insurance. Drs. Plumb and Weinstein are family and community medicine physicians at Jefferson.
Project H.O.M.E. was founded in 1988 with the mission to empower adults, children and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty. Area residents have multiple opportunities to work with Project H.O.M.E.'s street outreach teams to treat homeless individuals throughout the city. This experience provides unique insight into the prevalence of homelessness in Philadelphia, the daily lives of homeless individuals and to some of the remarkable coping strategies that they have adopted.