The National Health Care for the Homeless Council includes thousands of providers and consumers of health care targeted to people without homes, working together to end homelessness by improving health care access and quality.
The work of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council takes many forms, including research, technical assistance and training, policy and advocacy, and constituency organizing and community building. We are grounded in the beliefs that health care and housing are human rights and that all people have the right to participate in decisions that affect them.
The National HCH Council was formed in 1985, as part of a successful 19-city demonstration showing that people experiencing homelessness can be effectively engaged in health care. The Council’s constituents now serve over one million people without homes each year.
Many organizational members of the National HCH Council are primary care clinics funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center program, which also funds the Council to provide technical assistance and training to these grantees.
Individual members of the Council are organized as the HCH Clinicians’ Network, the National Consumer Advisory Board, and the Respite Care Providers’ Network, all pursuing distinct but coordinated and overlapping agendas.
A professional staff of twenty persons is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, with an additional office in Baltimore, Maryland.
Together, the organization’s members and staff create the rich array of clinical, administrative, and policy materials on this website, which is continuously updated and supplemented, reflecting the HCH field‘s deep engagement with the Council.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supported by grants, contracts, membership dues, and private contributions. Please visit here to become a member or here to make a tax-deductible contribution.