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Oct 8, 2009 1:40 PM by Andy Koen

Health clinic opens for homeless

The homeless community in Colorado Springs has a new place to receive medical attention.
Peak Vista is opening its new Homeless Health Center on Rio Grande Street just south of downtown.
The clinic will provide free medical and dental services to the homeless.

Roughly 80 percent of the homeless population in Colorado Springs are women and children or families who were forced onto the streets by a financial crisis.  Often the financial crisis is medically related.

"By providing them health care they are better able to find work, get back on their feet and become productive members of society again," explains Dr. Michael Welch, Peak Vista's vice president of medical affairs.

The new clinic is located next door to the Salvation Army shelter which makes it easier for the homeless to access.  Previously they had to be bussed to another clinic, but that bus services was eliminated this summer.

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