Funding for housing, health care, and other targeted homeless services is essential in the fight to prevent and end homelessness. While the budget process can be confusing at times, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council is committed to providing timely analysis to its members and advancing the priorities of HCH grantees and consumers.
Policy Statements & Publications
Community Health Center Funding
From our partners at NACHC: “The Health Center Program is authorized in Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The federal program under current law is financed through a combined mix of discretionary funding passed by Congress through the regular appropriation process for each fiscal year, and mandatory funding made available under the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) created in 2010.
Congress initially funded the CHCF for five years to pay for the operation, expansion, and construction of health centers throughout the nation.
To date, Congress has provided two extensions of the CHCF in 2015 (FY16 and FY17) and March 2018 (FY18 and FY19). For FY18, the nation’s health centers are funded with $1.6 billion from discretionary funds, and were provided with $3.8 billion from the CHCF in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
The Bipartisan Budget Act also included $4.0 billion in mandatory funds for FY19. America’s 1,400+ health center organizations urge Congress to build upon the investments of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which will further expand access to primary care.“