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In Brownsville, the 72-unit low-income residence, The Domenech, has instituted a novel new pilot program to address aging in New York's homeless population. As part of Elder Care Health Outreach, residents (over 40% of whom were once homeless) receive on-site medical care in a clinic located in the building, in a community-context. Dr. Van Yu, a psychiatrist working with ECHO, says that, "The relationship is the treatment, in many ways . . . You're able to create a relationship so much more easily here. Medicine in places like this is not rocket science, it's not sophisticated. It's kind of a 1950s model." The program is funded by Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and the MetLife Foundation, and organized by Common Ground in partnership with the Center for Urban and Community Services. [Atlantic Cities]