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Partner with Us as a Subject Matter Expert

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council partners with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to serve as consultants, speakers, or panelists 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 expertise and training or consulting experience.

If Council staff approve your preliminary application, we will schedule a brief Zoom interview. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Community Engagement Manager Michael Durham.


SMEs help the Council in myriad ways, many of them via short contributions without compensation. We respond to most Technical Requests with in-house experts or through peer-to-peer connections. For more in-depth engagements, the Council can compensate at an hourly rate according to the funding source, which varies. 

We are committed to representation and racial justice 

The Council seeks to increase representation of oppressed communities in all of our work. 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 we recognize there are valid reasons why you may choose not to disclose, so 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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