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Homeless Children In Loudoun Get Care From Mobile Clinic

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The 44-foot-long Inova Loudoun Mobile Health bus has been operating in the county for nearly ten years, but this summer is the first time its been used for Mobile Hope sites specifically targeted at helping homeless children.
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The 44-foot-long Inova Loudoun Mobile Health bus has been operating in the county for nearly ten years, but this summer is the first time its been used for Mobile Hope sites specifically targeted at helping homeless children.

A community health program in Loudoun County is expanding its focus to the hundreds of homeless children living there.

Inova Loudoun Hospital has operated the 44-foot long mobile health bus in Loudoun County for decades, but this summer, for the first time, the bus will be making regular visits to communities where there are homeless children.

Loudoun County public schools currently has about 650 homeless children enrolled. Donna Fortier with Inova Loudoun Hospital says through outreach and conversations this summer, she's discovered that the county is home to another 700 homeless children who aren't attending school.

Nearly 40 percent of those children are without any parent or legal guardian, making it even harder for them to sign up for county programs designed to help children in need.

The program, named "Mobile Hope", has only served 20 children so far this summer -- but Fortier expects things to pick up as word spreads. Today the bus was parked outside Lucketts Elementary School in Lucketts, Va.; its next stop will be Wednesday in Leesburg.

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