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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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 →

Remembering Robin Williams, Early Advocate for HCH and the National Council

robin williams tributeThe National Health Care for the Homeless Council notes with sadness the passing of Robin Williams, the sensitive and gifted performer who cared deeply about homelessness and who contributed generously to this organization. Along with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, Williams co-hosted the Comic Relief telethons on HBO in the 1980′s and 1990′s, raising millions of dollars for the Council … More →

Finding a Health Care Home for the Homeless Under the Affordable Care Act

EnrollAmerica-580x360Enroll America and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council | Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 1 p.m. Eastern | Register

Enroll America and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council are co-hosting a webinar with speakers from Central City Concern of Portland OR, South of Market Health Center from San Francisco CA, and Family Health Centers of … More →

Medical Respite Start Ups: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

August 22, 2014 | 1 p.m. Eastern


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 home. … 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

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. This anxiety … More →

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