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The Time Is Now: Speak Out to Help End the Opioid Epidemic

The Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) community has borne witness to the damaging effects of opioid addiction for decades, and it is imperative for us to speak out on the changes needed to prevent and treat addiction and end overdose deaths. Learn how you can take action to help address the opioid epidemic in an advocacy alert from the … More

New Fact Sheet Examines Data on Suicide and Homelessness

The National HCH Council has released a new fact sheet: “Suicide and Homelessness: Data Trends in Suicide and Mental Health Among Homeless Populations.“ Given the conditions that we know increase the likelihood of suicide in the general population, compounding factors faced when experiencing homelessness place those without homes at much higher risk. As part of a series related … More

Read the May Edition of Council News: #HCH2018 Is Nearly Here!

Council News

As we prepare to convene next week for our 2018 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium in Minneapolis, MN our latest Council News features a bevy of updates and resources on homelessness.
This issue includes an update on Council strategic planning; new publications on suicide and homelessness, health insurance coverage at HCH programs, and … More

New Healing Hands: Housing Solutions for People Experiencing Homelessness

The Council’s latest Healing Hands examines Housing Solutions for People Experiencing Homelessness. Housing is a form of health care and contributes to positive health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. The benefits of housing come with additional challenges, and newly housed individuals face unfamiliar logistical difficulties, emotions, and lack of social support. In addition, housing placement programs confront difficulties of … More

Council Recognizes Mental Health Month

This May, join the Council in recognizing Mental Health Month. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experience mental illness in a given year. People experiencing homelessness are even more likely to suffer from severe mental illness and lack the resources to get proper care.
Find out how you can promote awareness and decrease stigma at the … More

Council Recognizes National Trauma Awareness Month

This May, join the Council in recognizing National Trauma Awareness Month. Trauma is both a cause and consequence of homelessness. People experiencing homelessness are more likely to suffer from trauma due to susceptibility to violence, chronic illness, and unsafe living conditions.
Find out how you can promote awareness and prevention at the American Trauma Society, and learn more about … More

A Trauma-Informed Learning Collaborative: Moving from Theory to Practice

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 1-2 p.m. CT

The National HCH Council is currently coordinating a 3-year Learning Collaborative to assist programs in adopting a trauma-informed approach. This webinar will share updates on the first year of the collaborative, which engaged ten organizations serving people experiencing homelessness to develop an … More

Read the Latest Respite News

Respite News

The latest issue of Respite News is available now. The May 2018 edition features the winner of this year’s Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award; an update on the new Medical Respite Program Directory; a look at the upcoming respite-focused Pre-Conference Institute at HCH2018; and much more!
Read Respite News, or browse our archives.… More

Organizational Member Spotlight: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

A longtime Organizational Member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is the main provider of health care, housing, and support services to Coloradans experiencing homelessness. Like many cities across the U.S., Denver’s affordable housing is lagging behind its rapid population growth, contributing to the rise of homelessness in the city. … More

New Mobilizer: Encampments, Epidemics, and Work Requirements

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Read our statement on homeless encampments and learn about constructive solutions in an interview with advocate Art Rios in Mobilizer. Homeless encampments are highly visible and troubling reminders of the housing crisis in our country. The National HCH Council fundamentally disagrees with policies that create homelessness and recognizes that encampments occur because there is a pervasive lack of affordable, … More

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