The Floating Hospital offers more than healthcare
We provide free door-to-door transportation through our Good Health Shuttle, a five-borough program servicing more than 250 shelters and domestic violence safe houses in NYC, and to the public housing communities of Astoria, Ravenswood and Queensbridge Houses in Northwest Queens.
We offer health and lifestyle education to people of all ages, in private and group settings. Self-esteem and life skills training steer homeless young people away from abusive relationships and prepare them for success throughout their lives. Nutrition is a vital topic, especially for families housed in shelter dwellings that often lack kitchens. We’re excited to report that we’re building a teaching kitchen in our main clinic where patients can practice making our no-cook and microwave cook meals.
We relaunched our summer camp for sheltered teens, Camp RiseUp. The camp focuses on providing teenagers with health education, life skills, and building self-esteem.
Fresh air, sunshine, and outdoor play was a vital part of The Floating Hospital’s prescription for health when our first barge launched in 1866 and we hold true to the benefits today.
We provide personal healthcare items (like tampons and toothpaste), baby care essentials (like diapers and wipes), healthy food and snacks, seasonally appropriate new clothing, children’s toys and books, and social services support.
We provide free services or “charity care” at a rate 10x that of the average hospital charity care.* Many of our services are not covered by government support or insurance reimbursement. Despite that, we do whatever we can to give families the support and resources they need to stay in school, secure employment, and work towards permanent housing.
*Herring, Bradley et al. “Comparing the Value of Nonprofit Hospitals’ Tax Exemption to Their Community Benefits.” Inquiry, Jan-Dec 2018