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Welcome House Wins $104,000 Grant to Improve Medical Access for Homeless

The Welcome House of Northern Kentucky was won of the 2018 Impact 100 grant recipients - receiving an award of $104,000.

The Covington-based agency will use the grant to serve homeless people across Northern Kentucky with primary care, respite care, or minor urgent care services via a medically-equipped outreach van.

In 2017, the Welcome House expanded its services to include homeless street outreach. The Open Door team is composed of an outreach worker in Kenton and Campbell counties, an outreach worker in Boone County, and a nurse practitioner. 

“We know there are many individuals and families who are homeless living outside urban areas who do not have transportation to medical and service coordination offered in urban settings. It was from this knowledge that Open Door was launched” said Danielle Amrine, executive director of Welcome House.

The $104,000 grant from Impact 100 will allow Welcome House to purchase a mobile outreach vehicle, medical equipment, and various food and hygiene supplies. Currently, a majority of medical and service coordination services are being provided at shelters, street corners, parks, and encampments.

Until Open Door launched there were no mobile clinics in the Greater Cincinnati region that offered both service coordination and healthcare services. In 2018, Open Door anticipates serving 200 homeless individuals in Northern Kentucky with medical and/or service coordination.

“By meeting people in the communities where they live, we will help get clients housed and employed, reduce unnecessary criminal justice intervention, and reduce emergency medical system involvement - saving taxpayer funds," Amrine said. "Our project not only serves our clients, but the Northern Kentucky Community as a whole.  We are extremely thankful to Impact 100 for entrusting Welcome House with this grant which will have a lasting impact on our community.”

Welcome House was a grant recipient along with five other nonprofit organizations including Wave Pool, Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, LaSoupe Cincinnati, Venice on Vine, and City Gospel Mission.  

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky has been serving the community since 1982.

-Staff report