Fact Sheets

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s fact sheets answer frequently asked questions about homelessness, medical respite care, policy, and research. Use them with new staff and volunteers, during governing board orientations, meetings with your legislators, as part of your agency’s press kits, or with your community partners and collaborators.

Prevention & Response to Infectious Diseases Within the Homeless Population | May 2016
Prevention and response procedures to infectious disease outbreaks often do not address the unique circumstances of persons experiencing homelessness. This fact sheet highlights infectious diseases within this population, addresses challenges in in the event of an outbreak, and provides strategies and tools that can be used to prevent and respond to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Crime Victim’s Compensation | October 2015
Crime Victim’s Compensation Programs aid victims with expenses in the aftermath of a crime. This fact sheet discusses such programs, how to apply, and strategies to overcome some barriers to use by people experiencing homelessness.

HCH and HIV fact sheet | October 2011
A one-page resource for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment resources available through the National HCH Council’s website.

HCH program fact sheet | May 2011; HCH Fact Sheet 2013
History, financing, and requirements of the health care for the homeless program. Use to educate community and government leaders about our program.

Harm Reduction: Preparing People for Change | April 2010
Harm reduction is an approach for substance use treatment that involves a set of practical techniques that are openly negotiated with clients around what is most likely to be achieved.

Medical Respite Care: Demonstrated Cost Savings | February 2010
Medical respite care meets the post-hospital recuperative care needs for people who are homeless while reducing public costs associated with frequent hospital utilization.

FAQs: Negotiating Medical Respite Care with Hospitals | January 2010
Hospital collaboration is essential to the success of medical respite programs. Hospitals are a source of patient referrals, data collection, and income for medical respite programs. In return, hospitals receive significant cost savings by avoiding inpatient stays and reducing readmission rates.

Homelessness & Health: What’s the Connection? | January 2010
Many people are reduced to homelessness in a downward cycle that begins with a health problem and rapidly escalates into employment problems, financial problems, and housing problems.

What is Single Payer Health Care? | September 2009
Defines single payer, compares the US to other countries on key health status indicators, examines myths vs. facts.