Understanding Homelessness

Understanding Homelessness

The clinical resources pages are designed to assist clinicians and administrators by providing relevant and timely educational materials to support the provision of care to those who are homeless. Individuals experiencing homelessness are some of the most disenfranchised individuals in our society. Together, providers and patients must navigate challenges that hinder even the most basic care. Health outcomes are a reflection of housing status, ability to access care, availability of safe food and water, mental and social health status, environmental factors, and community support.

The resources provided here can help clinicians and administrators overcome the barriers they experience in providing health care to those who are homeless. Please contact a staff member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council if you have any questions or suggestions for additional resources.


nhchc Info-graph of Definitions of homelessness

NHCHC’s new infographic on the definitions of homelessness

Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network

The HCH Clinicians’ Network is a national membership group of clinicians dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals who are homeless. The HCH Clinicians’ Network fosters networking and professional growth among a diverse membership comprising nurses, physicians, social workers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, outreach workers, case managers, substance abuse counselors, mental health therapists, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists, and students. The Clinicians’ Network provides a forum for its members to share the latest information and research, review and make recommendations about clinical practice and network with peers. To learn more about the network and complete a membership form, please click here. Membership is free—join today!


The Relationship between Homelessness and Health

For a comprehensive review of learning opportunities available through the National HCH Council, please visit the Technical Assistance and Training pages.

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