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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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 →

Farmworker Housing Quality and Health: A Transdisciplinary Conference

1The Center for Worker Health at Wake Forest School of Medicine, California Rural Legal Assistance and Farmworker Justice are hosting a 1-day conference examining the connections between farmworker housing and health. “Farmworker Housing Quality and Health: A Transdisciplinary Conference” will take place on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

Online registration for this … More →

Council Staff Responds to NYT Article on Community Health Workers

new_york_times_logo_0On August 28, 2014, the New York Times published, “What Doctors Can’t Do,” an opinion piece about Community Health Workers. Author Tina Rosenberg describes the targeted services, financial savings, and logistical complexities of managing CHW programs. Council Project Coordinator Julia Dobbins oversees the Community Health Worker project funded by a CMMI Innovation grant. She penned a response to the article … More →

Webinar: Supporting Homeless LGBTQ Youth through Better Access to Care

October 8, 2014 | 2-3 p.m. Eastern | Register

As many as 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender , or queer (LGBTQ), the majority of whom have experienced family rejection and abuse because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The stigma and discrimination experienced by many LGBTQ youth amplifies the struggles and health risks associated More →

Wednesday Is HCH Day in Health Center Week

On the Wednesday of Health Center Week, we note the important role of homeless health care in eliminating health disparities and ending homelessness in our country.

Over a million people who do not have homes are cared for by health centers each year.  Many of our patients without homes have multiple complex, chronic diseases that drastically diminish their chances … More →

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