New Policy Brief Examines Hospital Community Benefit Activities

New Resource

The National HCH Council has released a new policy brief related to hospital community benefit activities. To qualify for tax exemptions as charitable organizations, not-for-profit hospitals are required to engage in activities that benefit their communities, often known as “hospital community benefit.” These activities can mean additional funding for programs, staffing, and other tangible assistance that meet the needs of people who are homeless, often addressing gaps in existing community services. This policy brief will give an overview of hospital community benefit requirements, illustrate the difference between two types of benefits, describe how community benefit funds are currently distributed, discuss additional state requirements, consider hospital perspectives, provide examples of successful partnerships currently in practice, and share advice for maximizing hospital partnerships with the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) community.

Read the full brief.