James Madison University's Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services and the Harrisonburg Community Health Center started 'Suitcase Clinics' in 2011.
The program's nurse practitioner, Tara Haley, said the program started because health care options for the homeless are limited.
"Without payment out of pocket, there are very few options for this particular population without any income coming in. There are really no great ones beside the emergency room," said Haley.
She said most of the homeless people have chronic illnesses, which are not meant to be treated at the E.R.
"Most of the people that we see not only have medical diagnosis but can also have a mental diagnosis as well," said Haley.
Linda Cunningham who lives at the shelter has benefited from Haley's medical attention.