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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Co-Applicant Arrangements for Public Center Homeless Programs

November 21, 2014 – November 21, 2014

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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 … 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. | 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 →

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