Posted on August 4, 2021
To help support two dedicated Patient Navigators – a Social Worker and a Peer Advocate (someone who has experienced homelessness herself) – who will provide case management services to homeless single mothers trying to transition from the NYC shelter system into more permanent housing. This was a need identified by the homeless women who participated in a recent Social Determinants of Health study, partially funded by The Cummings Fund. Serving as resources and advocates within the “envelope” of The Floating Hospital’s clinical environment in Long Island City, they will provide 360-degree support in preparing complex applications for City-sponsored housing and other public-benefits, and identify linkages to other essential needs. The Floating Hospital is a diagnostic and treatment center along with an outpatient mental health clinic located in Long Island City, NY, which provides a broad range of medical, dental and mental health services via free van transportation to a largely medically underserved population, regardless of their insurance status and abilities to pay. It is the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families residing in NYC shelters.