Homeless and Public Housing Resources

The following resources were compiled in response to requests by Region VIII members striving to provide quality services to residents of public housing and homeless individuals and families. The resources provide up-to-date reports and information, health care provider resources, continuing education, outreach and enrollment, state specific resources, and much more. If you utilize any beneficial homelessness and/or public housing resources that are not included on this page, please feel free to share those by contacting the CHAMPS Programs/Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator. Homeless individuals and families and residents of public housing are recognized by HRSA as special populations. For information on special populations, please visit the CHAMPS Special Populations Overview webpage. For general resources on serving culturally diverse populations, please visit the CHAMPS Cultural Competency webpage.

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Homeless Fact Sheets, Reports, and Statistics
Public Housing Fact Sheets, Reports, and Statistics
Health Care Provider Resources
Continuing Education and Conferences
State Specific Organizations
Outreach and Enrollment
Other Online Resources

HOMELESS FACT SHEETS, REPORTS, AND STATISTICS

Census Special Reports
The Emergency and Transitional Shelter Population: 2010
Census Report

Department of Health & Human Services
Research and publications on a wide variety of topics including linking services to families, establishing eligibility, housing options, and Medicaid financing
Research and Publications

Kaiser Family Foundation
Medicaid Coverage and Care for the Homeless Population: Key Lessons to Consider for the 2014 Medicaid Expansion
Issue Paper

National Alliance to End Homelessness
Summary of the changes in the HUD definition of “Homeless”
HUD Definition of “Homeless”

Fact sheets on point-in-time counts, chronic homelessness, rural homelessness, continuum of care, and more
Fact Sheets

National Coalition for the Homeless
Information on different homeless populations including youth, veterans, families, and elderly people, issues including domestic violence and hate crimes, and policy recommendations
Fact Sheets

National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices
Road map provides a step-by-step guide for both the immediate need to support state planning efforts and governors interested in the promise of housing as an essential element of improved health and reduced utilization of costly health care services
Housing as Healthcare

National Health Care for the Homeless Council
History, financing, and requirements of the Health Care for the Homeless Program
Health Care for the Homeless Program Fact Sheet

Position Paper
Medicaid Expansion: Improving Health & Stability, Reducing Costs & Homelessness

Research review of recent literature on the Typologies of Homelessness
In Focus: A Quarterly Research Review of the National HCH Council, June 2013

Research review of recent literature on Rural Homelessness
In Focus: A Quarterly Research Review of the National HCH Council, January 2013

Research review of recent literature on HIV/AIDS among Persons Experiencing Homelessness
In Focus: A Quarterly Research Review of the National HCH Council, December 2012

Research review of recent literature on Health & Homelessness Among Women Veterans
In Focus: A Quarterly Research Review of the National HCH Council, August 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Current statistics on the prevalence and characteristics of people experiencing homelessness in the United States
SAMHSA Fact Sheet, July 2011
Information on SAMHSA national and regional resources related to homelessness
Homelessness Resources

PUBLIC HOUSING FACT SHEETS, REPORTS, AND STATISTICS

Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
Summary of public housing statistics that includes number, condition, and location of units, public housing agency sizes, and public housing development sizes
Facts About Public Housing

Demographic information on public housing residents
Public Housing Residents

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Document describes the Public Housing Primary Care Program, allowable uses for grant dollars, and opportunities for coordination between health centers and housing authorities
The Public Housing Primary Care Program: Updates and Opportunities

National Center for Health in Public Housing
Demographic information from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that includes data on families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, income, health status, and population distribution
Demographics Facts: Residents Living in Public Housing

Fact sheet with an overview of the Public Housing Primary Care program, national statistics from HRSA and HUD, and other important information
Fact Sheet Public Housing Primary Care

Resource tool kit for health centers that includes an overview on residents of public housing, HUD, and information about collaborating on program planning and program implementations
Partnering with Public Housing Authorities to Increase Resident Participation

List of health centers nationally that receive public housing funding
Public Housing Primary Care Program Directory

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Fact sheet describes who is eligible and how to apply for public housing
HUD’s Public Housing Program

Report on the characteristics of the areas where public housing is located
The Location and Racial Composition of Public Housing in the United States

Listing of the public housing programs within the Office of Public and Indian Housing
Public Housing Programs

Report summarizes general information about households who reside in public housing or receive Section 8 assistance
Resident Characteristics Report (RCR)

HEALTH CARE PROVIDER RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
Information on how to best serve homeless patients including clinical guidelines, general information, and national statistics
The Homeless in America: Adapting Your Practice

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women
Committee Opinion on Health Care for Homeless Women, February 2010

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
Clinicians working with populations at public housing primary care clinics describe their challenges, solutions, and successes
Primary Care in Public Housing: Voices of Clinicians

Head Start
A federal program to support cognitive, social, and emotional development of children ages birth to five from low-income families
Head Start

Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network
Networking, forum to share information and research, and recommendations for clinical practice
HCH Clinicians’ Network

National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Adapted clinical guidelines to meet the needs of homeless patients including general recommendations, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and reproductive health
Adapted Clinical Guidelines

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Summary report discusses health conditions prevalent in public housing communities including asthma and cardiovascular disease and presents opportunities to improve the health of public housing residents
Public Health in Public Housing: Improving Health, Changing Lives

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND CONFERENCES

National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Conference on Ending Homelessness
Annual Conference

Webinars on a wide variety of topics including family intervention, domestic violence, Medicaid, housing and LGBTQ
Webinars

National Center for Health in Public Housing
Health Centers and Public Housing National Symposium
National Symposium

Webinars on a wide variety of topics including how to identify needs with data, build a board of directors, address emergency preparedness, and implement HIV programs
Archived Webinars

National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Annual conference, archived conference materials, online courses, regional trainings, and webinars
Training & Technical Assistance

Webinar on the barriers that public housing residents share with homeless individuals and the benefits of partnering with a local housing authority
How to Partner with Your Local Housing Authority

STATE SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONS

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
www.coloradocoalition.org
Colorado’s Health Care Safety Net Primer

Denver’s Road Home
www.denversroadhome.org

North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People
www.ndhomelesscoalition.org

South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium
www.housingforthehomeless.org

Utah Housing and Community Development Division
http://housing.utah.gov/shcc/index.html

The Road Home (Utah)
www.theroadhome.org

Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless
www.wyhomeless.org

OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT

Community Health Partners for Sustainability
PowerPoint describes barriers that public housing and homeless residents share, identifies trends in public housing, and HRSA’s Public Housing Primary Care Program
How to Expand Health Care for the Homeless for Residents of Public Housing

PowerPoint discusses collaborative outreach strategies for homeless and public housing populations, benefits and challenges of working with public housing authorities, trends in public housing, and HRSA’s Public Housing Primary Care Program
Partnership Strategies to Increase Access for Public Housing Residents and Homeless Populations

Health Outreach Partners
Innovative Outreach Practice report which highlights innovative medical outreach programs and lessons learned, including programs run by health centers
Reaching People Experiencing Homelessness Through Street Medical Outreach

National Association of Community Health Centers
Document that describes how to reach and engage the homeless population on the Affordable Care Act
Reach, Enroll and Engage: Health Reform is Here

National Center for Health in Public Housing
Resource tool kit on outreach to residents for health centers includes information on needs assessments, community health workers, health education, training programs, and strategies
Outreach to Residents of Public Housing 

National Health Care of the Homeless Council (NHCHC)
20-minute video that discusses the importance of outreach to the homeless, including strategies that are successful
Healthcare for the Homeless: Outreach Video

Overview of the required changes to enrollment in all states, the additional options states can implement, resources that are available to states for enrollment assistance, examples of enrollment practices in an HCH setting, and recommendations for the HCH community to consider as enrollment activities are planned
Medicaid Enrollment & the ACA: Changes Coming to the HCH Community Policy Brief

Fact sheet that gives a quick overview of enrollment requirements and options, as well as recommendations for making enrollment more successful
Medicaid Enrollment & the ACA: Changes Coming to the HCH Community Fact Sheet

Frontline staff frequently asked questions about how Medicaid expansion will affect their programs and their HCH clients
States Expanding Medicaid: Implications for the HCH Community

Frontline staff frequently asked questions about how the ACA works in states that do not expand Medicaid, and how this will affect their programs and their clients, also provides good answers to the question, “What do I say to consumers who are not eligible?”
States Not Expanding Medicaid: Implications for the HCH Community

Fact sheet for very low-income clients
What does Health Care Reform Do for Me?

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OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES

Community Health Partners for Sustainability
www.chpfs.org

Cooperation for Supportive Housing
www.csh.org

Department of Health & Human Services
Grants targeted to the delivery of treatment and services for persons experiencing homelessness
Grants
Federal links relevant to homelessness
Links

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program
www.va.gov/homeless/hchv.asp

Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness
www.icphusa.org

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Veterans can call (877) 424-3838 or visit the webpage below for 24/7 assistance in connecting to community resources
www.va.gov/homeless/nationalcallcenter.asp 

National Center on Family Homelessness
www.familyhomelessness.org

National Low Income Housing Coalition
http://nlihc.org

National Public Radio (NPR)
Three short pieces about homeless elderly people
Homeless Age Faster
We Shouldn’t Have to Live Like This

Health Problems Compound for Aging Homeless

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD