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Partner with Us as a Subject Matter Expert

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council contracts with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to serve as consultants on issues integral to serving people experiencing homelessness. If you are dedicated to the mission and values of the National HCH Council and want to offer your expertise and experience to strengthen the field, learn more below and consider applying to be a SME.

Application Process

After submitting the form below, please email your résumé or CV (if available) along with one letter of recommendation to Michael Durham. This letter should be composed by an individual who is familiar with your stated expertise and training or consulting experience. If possible, we encourage you to supply a letter of support from someone who is already involved with the National HCH Council (e.g. Council staff, existing SMEs, current or former Board Members, etc.).

If Council staff approve your preliminary application, we will schedule a brief phone interview. If you advance through this stage, you will enter a trial period until you have been favorably evaluated following your first engagement as a SME.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Technical Assistance Manager Michael Durham.


The Council has very limited funding for site visits and paid remote consultation. But when TA requests require it, we use the following fee structure to compensate SMEs.

  • Full-day: $650
  • Hourly (up to four hours): $90

In addition to this compensation, the Council covers the travel, lodging, and meal expenses incurred during site visits (according to Federal Per Diem rates). Note that SMEs often choose to provide their services as an in-kind donation to the Council.

We are committed to diversity

The Council seeks to increase representation of oppressed communities in all of our work, including our Technical Assistance program. Especially because racism and homophobia are principal drivers of homelessness, and people of color and LGBTQ+ people are drastically overrepresented, it is paramount that we reflect the people we serve. As such, this application includes optional demographic questions. We especially invite submissions from people who identify with marginalized groups, though please feel free to skip these questions.

Common TA Request Topics

  • Medical Respite Care Start-ups
  • Trauma-Informed Care & Systems
  • Consumer Advisory Boards
  • Patient Engagement
  • Definitions of Homelessness & Eligibility for Services
  • Housing and Hospital Partnerships
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment & Opioid Abuse
  • Outreach & Enabling Services
  • Cultural Competency/Humility
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • Community Health Workers
  • Social Determinants of Health & Causes of Homelessness
  • HRSA Program Compliance
  • Services in Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Harm Reduction & Housing First
  • Storytelling & Advocacy

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