Shelter Health

No city in the United States currently has enough shelter beds to house all the men, women, and children who will need them tonight. Consequently, communities work to increase the number and improve the quality of the shelter beds that are available.

Council members continue to create materials that reflect what shelter and medical providers have learned about providing shelter that is respectful, safe, and healthy for the men, women, and children who seek it.

Flu Guidance For Homeless Shelters and Other Service Providers

Pandemic Influenza Guidance for Homeless Shelters & Homeless Service Providers. This practical manual is for homeless shelters and other service providers as they plan for and respond to the special needs of homeless individuals during the influenza season. Different facilities will need to tailor the guidance to meet the specific needs of their staff and the people they serve. The manual consolidates a number of materials developed by credible authorities. National Health Care for the Homeless Council | 2009

Health In Shelters

Health in Shelters, a PowerPoint presentation developed by Bob Donovan, MD, Cincinnati Health Network, Inc., focuses on communicable diseases and general prevention measures  | 2006

Manual of Communicable Diseases & Common Problems in Shelters

The Health Care of Homeless Persons: A Manual of Communicable Diseases & Common Problems in Shelters & on the Streets is a 384-page manual that describes serious health problems that commonly afflict homeless persons and discusses appropriate responses and treatment. The manual addresses communicable disease control and food handling in shelter settings, and current approaches to the management of chronic diseases. It includes convenient patient education materials in English and Spanish that can be easily reproduced and given to shelter guests and staff. The manual is no longer available in print, but is downloadable from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program | 2004