Homelessness often begins with illness and escalates into problems with money, employment and housing.
Health problems cause 62% of all personal bankruptcies in the United States.
Without homes, people experience illness and injury 3 to 6 times more than housed individuals.
People experiencing homelessness die an average of 30 years earlier than housed individuals.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council works to break the deadly cycle of poor health and homelessness.

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Medical Respite Start Ups: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

August 22, 2014 | 1-2 p.m. Eastern | Register

Medical respite care is a critical component in the continuum of health care for people experiencing homelessness. In addition to providing short term clinical oversight for individuals recuperating from an acute illness or injury, these programs facilitate care transitions from hospitals to a primary care provider and when possible to a … More →

Council Awarded $2.6 Million Grant for Medical Respite Study


The National HCH Council is one of 39 Health Care Innovation Award recipients announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The $2.6 million award is administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and will be used to demonstrate improved health outcomes and reduced spending when homeless patients have access to medical respite care More →

Preparing for HRSA Operational Site Visits

July 31, 2014 | 2 p.m. Eastern | Register

A HRSA Operational Site Visit (OSV) is an onsite evaluation of a health center’s ability to meet the 19 health center program requirements including a clinical and financial performance review. ‘Not Met’ health center program requirements found during the HRSA OSV could lead to a condition on the health center’s grant. … More →

Statement on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling allowing some private, for-profit companies an exemption for required health care benefits comes as no surprise.  For years, employers have increasingly chafed under the growing cost and complexity of providing health insurance to workers.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) built on the existing system of employer-sponsored health care by requiring most employers to provide health care … More →

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Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 7.57.08 AMA Good Day to End Homelessness. Learn more about how you can celebrate HCH Day, just six weeks from today. How to plan an event, hold a rally, write your local newspaper, and more.
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National HIV Testing Day: HCH Staff Survey of Routine-Rapid HIV Testing

In the Spring of 2013, staff of the National Health Care (HCH) for the Homeless Council in collaboration with Dr. Cathie Fogg, Associate Nursing Professor at St. Anslem College in Manchester, NH conducted a survey of HCH clinic staff regarding their HIV testing practices. The purpose of this survey was primarily to collect information about how HCH staff felt about … More →

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