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Mission and History


Our mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive medical and dental care, patient advocacy and related services to people who need them most, regardless of their ability to pay.


In the mid-1980s, in response to a rapidly growing homeless population nationwide, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust funded initiative was launched to demonstrate a new way of reaching out to this population – through health care. In 1985, under the umbrella of the Federation for Community Planning (now the Center for Community Solutions), Care Alliance first emerged as “Cleveland Health Care for the Homeless.” Care Alliance was one of the original 19 Health Care for the Homeless pilot projects nationwide.

In 1993, Care Alliance became an independent, nonprofit organization. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Care Alliance receives funding from the federal government to provide health care and supportive services in our community. In 1998, Care Alliance broadened its focuses to serve individuals living in and around public housing. Since then, Care Alliance has continued to grow to meet the needs of our community by launching health care services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS (2000) and adding dental services (2002).

Today, Care Alliance is an integral member of the safety net as the leading provider of high quality medical and dental services to our target populations. Care Alliance is a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), as recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.  In addition to playing a major role in the safety net, Care Alliance also provides a benefit to the Cleveland community at large by reducing the overall financial burden to taxpayers through a more cost-effective method of care to the uninsured. Care Alliance is proud to count itself as an FQHC; collectively these centers are estimated to save the health care system $24 billion annually by preventing unnecessary emergency room visits for low-income individuals.

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