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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The Lancet Medical Journal Presents Two-part Series on Homelessness

UnknownAs many as 4 million Europeans and 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness every year, and the numbers are rising. Homeless people have an increased prevalence of a range of illnesses than the rest of the population, but just treating ill health might not be enough to help get people off the streets, according to this two-part series on homelessness in … More →

Get Out The Vote, Then Get Out The Word

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 7.57.08 AMElection Day is Tuesday November 4. Now is the time to help homeless citizens exercise their right to vote by ensuring that they make it to the polls. The following day, November 5, is just as important. During their terms in office, newly elected and reelected officials will decide on Medicaid rules and expansions, health center funding, the supply of … More →

Co-Applicant Arrangements for Public Center Homeless Programs

November 21, 2014 | 2-3 p.m. | Register

HRSA public centers, health centers funded through a public agency such as a state, county, or local health department, may be structured in one of two ways to meet HRSA governance program requirements: a direct arrangement and a co-applicant arrangement. In a direct arrangement, the public agency independently meets all the health … More →

Now Available: Healing Hands and Veterans’ Health

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The latest issue of Healing Hands is now available online! “A Troubled Homecoming: Understanding and Treating Veterans Experiencing Homelessness” explores the housing, health, and health care access challenges faced by returning veterans. CME credits are available.

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Living and Working in the Coverage Gap: Homeless Health Care in States Yet to Expand Medicaid

November 13, 2014 | 1-2 p.m. Eastern | Register

State decisions whether to expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA have huge ramifications for state health care systems, fiscal stability, and safety net programs. One of the most pressing issues is the coverage gap that remains in states yet to expand where residents earn too little to purchase private plans on More →

Policy Advisory: Nominal Fees for Consumers

The National HCH Council provides this Policy Advisory in response to HRSA Policy Information Notice 2014-02, encouraging Heath Center Boards of Directors not to impose “nominal” fees on consumers living below the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as we believe these constitute a significant barrier to care for people living in poverty.

Like all health centers, HCH projects exist to ensure access … More →

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