Seidler & Shea Announce New Homeless Initiative Partnership: Family Health Centers of San Diego to Provide Medical & Dental Care to Homeless

SAN DIEGO, CA – Local business leaders Peter Seidler and Dan Shea announced today they have partnered with Family Health Centers of San Diego in yet another effort to realize their goal of advancing a FACT BASED, ANALYTICAL and COMPASSIONATE APPROACH to HOMELESSNESS in SAN DIEGO. The new alliance with FHCSD is the latest in a series of partnerships to advance Seidler and Shea’s efforts to transition San Diego’s homeless population from the streets into temporary SPRUNG structures.

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Southern California providing primary care, dental, pediatric, mental health and other services to more than 155,000 unique individuals each year.

In its partnership with Seidler and Shea’s homeless initiative, FHCSD will provide a broad range of medical services for the homeless residents of the industrial SPRUNG structures, including: mental health screenings and referrals to mental health counseling; medical care 1-2 days per week in their Mobile Medical Unit to the SPRUNG structure locations; dental screenings; adult immunizations; case management; alcohol and drug screening, and screening for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction.

“FHCSD has for decades provided broad, primary medical and mental health services to the underserved community including the homeless,” said Fran Butler-Cohen, CEO of FHCSD. “The opportunity to join with and support the Initiative to confront homelessness is a direct reflection of our core mission and allows us to reach out directly to the temporarily-housed occupants of the industrial structures.”

The initiative driven by Seidler and Shea has raised $1.6 million to purchase and erect two semi-permanent structures from SPRUNG Instant Structures. This is another non-profit partnership the team has created. In addition to its partnership with FHCSD, it was announced last week that the initiative had also partnered with Feeding San Diego, which will provide healthy food to the agencies offering services to the residents of the structures, and Helen Woodward Animal Center, which has committed to providing food and health screening services for pets of the homeless including vaccinations.

“Our goal is to reduce the number of unsheltered citizens in San Diego. It takes a broad, multi-faceted approach to understand and connect with this population in a positive and effective way,” said Seidler. “We are grateful to Family Health Centers of San Diego for their generosity and for their commitment to be a part of addressing the issue of homelessness in San Diego, which is long overdue.”

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