Health Services at On-Site Clinic - fort lauderdale

Homeless youth have a multitude of issues, and they barely have enough money to eat, let alone pay for a visit to the doctor.  In Fort Lauderdale, Covenant House Florida provides full healthcare services on site, free of charge to homeless, runaway, and at-risk kids, ages 21 and younger.

Covenant House Florida (CHF) provides an on-site health program which recognizes and responds to the actual and potential health and medical problems of the homeless youth residing at its Shelter by:

  • Ensuring that acute medical needs are immediately assessed and met through examination, diagnosis, treatment and/or referral;
  • Ensuring safety for all youth from communicable or infectious disease;
  • Communicating the values necessary for good health; and
  • Allowing youth the choice of informed consent for medical treatment.

Staffed with a board certified family nurse practitioner and registered nurse, the health services department is open Monday through Saturday, so that each youth admitted to the CHF shelter receives a physical examination/health assessment within 72 hours of intake.  The Nurses routinely provide the following services:

  • Health Assessment (including medical history, high-risk behavior evaluation, domestic violence review, etc.)
  • Substance Abuse Assessments for detoxification, if indicated
  • Physical Examinations
  • Laboratory Tests (tests/screens for communicable conditions, i.e. STDs, pregnancy, tuberculosis, etc.)
  • HIV Testing with pre-and post-test counseling
  • Pre- and post-natal care
  • Medication Observation
  • Mental Health Screening
  • Pediatric Health Support
  • Follow-up Care for Chronic Health Conditions
  • Health Education and Counseling (including HIV Prevention, Health & Nutrition, Awareness of Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco, Tattoos/Body Piercing, etc.)
  • Referral to other Health Care Providers

The nurses, supported by a volunteer Medical Director, work closely with CHF Case Management and Clinical staff to help improve and ensure the health, welfare and safety of each youth, their babies/children.

Fort Lauderdale

Covenant House Florida 733 Breakers Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Phone: (954) 561-5559 | Fax: (954) 565-6551 | Toll-Free: (800) 683-8338


Covenant House Florida 5931 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32807 Phone: (407) 482-0404 | Fax: (407) 482-0657 | Toll-Free: (800) 441-4478