A Closer Look

A monthly in-depth look at issues affecting people experiencing homelessness and the broader Health Care for the Homeless community

A Closer Look

 

Bobby Watts, CEO of NHCHC, speaks at a rally in front of the Supreme Court.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Part 2

By Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy On Monday, April 22, the Supreme Court heard the case of Johnson v. Grants Pass — a case that determines whether it is cruel and unusual punishment for communities to ticket or fine unsheltered people for sleeping outside. For background, last month’s Closer Look blog described the key provisions of this case […]

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

By Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy In Grants Pass, Ore., there is a law that bans camping in public — and the law defines a campsite as any place that has bedding like a sleeping bag or pillow. This means that, despite no housing and no shelter, folks living outside get tickets of up

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Medicaid and Medical Respite

Two New Briefs Show Medical Respite Moving into Mainstream Medicaid

By Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy I’m excited to share two new issue briefs that focus on the role of Medicaid in paying for medical respite care. Our first brief — Status of State-Level Medicaid Benefits for Medical Respite Care — provides a current snapshot of the state-level Medicaid activity related to medical respite care. The

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The Power of Love — The HCH Community’s Greatest Advocacy Tool

By Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy “If all public policy was created in the spirit of love, we would not have to worry about unemployment, homelessness, schools failing to teach children, or addiction.” — bell hooks, All About Love (2021) Especially challenging times are upon us. Next year will be a difficult one

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