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

November 13, 2014 | 1-2 p.m. | 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 state 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 →

Report Offers Insight into Consumer Employment in the HCH Setting

Consumer Employment in the Health Care for the Homeless Setting: Promising Practices highlights employment strategies that six organizations apply in hiring individuals who have experienced homelessness and received health services. The case studies reveal mission-based hiring practices that recognize the unique assets and needs of employees who are or have been consumers. Their approaches to hiring and managing a consumer-inclusive … More →

Assist with Voter Registration

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 7.57.08 AM Make voter registration assistance a priority at your HCH project. Check out the new Mobilizer for ideas. The November Election is less than six weeks away!… More →

New Risk Factors for Homelessness Data Available

PrintThe U.S. Census Bureau just released the Income and Poverty and Health Insurance reports. These reports are important because income and poverty are risk factors for homelessness, and may provide indicators for economic stability. Although the economic crisis seems to have passed, recovery from this crisis has been slower for those living in poverty.

In 2013, the nation’s official poverty … More →

Webinar Now Available: Proposed Minimum Standards for Medical Respite Programs

September 12, 2014 | 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern 

Medical respite programs improve continuity of care for people experiencing homelessness by bridging health systems and by promoting patient self-management. Studies indicate that patients who access medical respite care have fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visit in the months following program participation. For these reasons, medical respite programs are becoming a hot topic … More →

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