OAKLAND (KCBS)— They push their shopping carts containing all their worldly possessions up to the medical unit on wheels at St. Mary’s Center on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland.

$300,000 has been credited to a federal stimulus to allow Alameda County health officials to reach out to more homeless people on their own turf.

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KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

The flashy RV with the ability to treat almost every small to medium-sized medical problem on the spot was built from the ground up to replace the previous 20-year-old unit that had broken down.

David Modersbach, director of Alameda County’s Health Care for the Homeless program, said all their previous experience in providing mobile medical services was put into the design of this clinic.

Ami Moe used to be a health care case worker in Berkeley until rheumatoid arthritis turned the tables, slowly forcing her to the streets herself.

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She doesn’t know where she would be without the medical staff helping her to get back on her feet again.

“I don’t need to walk all day to get where I need to go. I can go in there, there are no judgmental feelings. I walk in there perfectly comfortable,” said Moe.

It’s that level of comfort that really resounds with a growing subset of the population that isn’t often treated with respect.

Applause filled a special ceremony held at St. Mary’s for the inauguration of this bus that will start touring 28 sights around the county starting this weekend.

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