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HCH Stories

HCH Stories is an online video series illuminating the experiences of service providers, consumers, advocates, and administrators involved with Health Care for the Homeless. Filmed with attendees of the 2016-18 National HCH Conferences with assistance from the NCAB Storytelling Committee, this web series offers a powerful look at the stories of hope and recovery that homeless health care makes possible.

These video vignettes are part of an ongoing campaign to not only share participants’ personal perspectives on Health Care for the Homeless, but also to help build awareness of the critical impact of HCH in the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Launching on HCH Day, August 10, 2016, HCH Stories offers firsthand looks at the field to remind us that housing is health care–and health care is a human right.

New episodes will debut regularly. Watch HCH Stories below, and join our campaign! Share these videos on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #hchstories, or contact Communications Manager Rick Brown to learn more or to share your own story.

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Calvin Alston: New York, NY

Calvin Alston reflects on his experience of homelessness and his journey to housing and helping others with the aid of Care for the Homeless in New York, NY.

 

Charlotte Garner: Houston, TX

Charlotte Garner relates her journey from arriving in Houston, TX, with “32 cents and the clothes on her back” to becoming a consumer leader with the assistance of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston.

 

Bobby Watts: New York, NY

Bobby Watts, new CEO of the NHCHC, speaks about what it meant to get started in Health Care for the Homeless living alongside men in a rescue mission, as well as why the Council and HCH are important.

 

Carmon Ryals: Albuquerque, NM

Carmon Ryals of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless relates her story of being treated with care and humanity by an HCH outreach worker–and how she became empowered as a leader, peer, and outreach worker.

Joseph Benson: Houston, TX

An accident took Joseph’s legs, his livelihood, and his housing. But a drive to succeed and help from Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston helped him reclaim his life—and become a leader. Learn about our Board Member Joseph Benson’s journey with homeless health care.

This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,625,741 with 20 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

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