The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California is partnering with Project Homeless Connect (PHC) by offering hearing services to San Francisco’s homeless, and near homeless, through the Community Day of Service program. Project Homeless Connect is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with city agencies, businesses, organizations, and the community to offer comprehensive services by organizing Community Day of Service events throughout San Francisco. Project Homeless Connect also provides in-house continued care for people who are currently experiencing homelessness, are transitioning from homelessness to housing, or are at-risk of becoming homeless.
Meet Ellen who received hearing healthcare services at the most recent Community Day of Service. Ellen had recently moved off of the streets and into a home with the support of Project Homeless Connect’s “Problem Solving” programs. However, her housing continued to be at risk due to another potential cost and detriment to her familial stability – her hearing health.
Ellen’s hearing was quickly deteriorating, and she was in dire need of hearing aids. Though she had Medicare, she was not eligible for Medi-cal. Medicare does not cover hearing aids, so Ellen was not eligible on her own to gain support for her increasing hearing loss.
“My hearing loss causes a lot of stress and hardships with my family and friends when trying to communicate. I can feel myself losing my ability to maintain relationships, and without those I will end up back on the streets.”
Through our partnership with Project Homeless Connect, Ellen received a full exam and hearing aids – all in one day! Ellen now uses her hearing aids every day and is enjoying the experience of hearing the world more clearly!
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