Homeless and Public Housing Resources

The following resources were compiled in response to requests by Region VIII members striving to provide quality services to persons experiencing homelessness and residents of public housing. The resources provide up-to-date reports and information, healthcare 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 Coordinator, Population Health. Persons experiencing homelessness 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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Continuing Education, Conferences, and Networking
Homeless Fact Sheets, Reports, and Statistics
Public Housing Fact Sheets, Reports, and Statistics
Health Care Provider Resources
State Specific Organizations
Outreach and Enrollment
Special Topics

Other Online Resources


Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH, The Source for Housing Solutions)
CSH Supportive Housing Summit
CSH Homepage

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 populations

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 (NHCHC)
Archived conference materials, online courses, regional trainings
Conference and Training Archives

Archived webinars covering themes of clinical practice, diseases and conditions, homeless services, medical respite care, special populations, forging partnerships, and policy, advocacy and consumer engagement


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

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Policy Brief on the harms for people experiencing homelessness of Medicaid Work Requirements
Taking Away Medicaid for Not Meeting Work Requirements Harms People Experiencing Homelessness

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Issue brief on the taxing nature of homelessness on physical, mental, and emotional health
Health and Homelessness Issue Brief 2019

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

Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience: Information and Tools for Homeless Services Providers and Disaster Professionals
A three-page snapshot of the toolkit
A Quick Glance at the Toolkit
A concise overview and introduction to the toolkit
Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience: Introduction to Promoting Community Resilience
The full toolkit
Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience: Toolkit and Appendices

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 persons experiencing 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
A roadmap providing 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 (NHCHC)
History, financing, and requirements of the Health Care for the Homeless Program
Health Care for the Homeless Program Fact Sheet

Factsheets that answer frequently asked questions about homelessness, medical respite care, policy, and research
Fact Sheets

National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) & National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA)
Fact sheet highlight linkages between periodontal disease, diabetes, and homelessness and frequently asked questions related to understanding and caring for individuals who are experiencing homelessness
Oral Health and Diabetes in Patients Experiencing Homelessness (March 2019)

National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM)
Mini-infographic showing how housing impacts health outcomes
Unstable Housing Leads to Poorer Health Outcomes (March 2024)

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Report detailing significant expansions of laws penalizing camping, sitting, or lying down in public
Housing Not Handcuffs: Ending the Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities (December 2019)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Current statistics on the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness in the United States
SAMHSA Fact Sheet, July 2011

Information on SAMHSA national and regional resources related to persons experiencing homelessness
Homelessness Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Report on the findings of the 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) providing 2018 national, state, and Continuum of Care (CoC)-level PIT and HIC estimates of homelessness, chronically homeless persons, homeless veterans, and homeless children and youth
2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report

Urban Institute 
Report investigating the definition of housing justice as a framework for repairing housing inequality and identifying the historical and structural racism that perpetuates it
Building a Housing Justice Framework


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
Public Housing Facts

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Webpage on the Public Housing Primary Care Program (PHPCP) including background and resources
Health Care for Residents of Public Housing

National Center for Health in Public Housing
Demographic information from the U.S. 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 toolkit for health centers that includes an overview of residents of public housing, HUD, and information about collaborating on program planning and program implementations
Partnering with Public Housing Authorities to Increase Resident Participation

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
An initiative to increase access to coverage and link health care, supportive services, and housing programs to people who are or at-risk of being homeless
Housing and Healthcare Coordination and Systems Integration

Fact sheet describes who is eligible and how to apply for public housing
HUD’s Public Housing Program

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

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

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

Toolkit and training resources for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to promote community-wide commitment with the goal of ending homelessness; providing funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families
CoC Program
CoC Program Toolkit
Coordinated Entry Core Elements Guidebook


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

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

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)
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 (NHCHC)
Adapted clinical guidelines to meet the needs of patients experiencing homeless including general recommendations, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and reproductive health
Adapted Clinical Guidelines

Adapted from the American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, this guide is a reference for multidisciplinary care teams providing health care and support to patients without homes at risk for or diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes
Adapted Clinical Guidelines: Medication Management for Patients Experiencing Homelessness Diagnosed with Diabetes

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 residents of public housing
Public Health in Public Housing: Improving Health, Changing Lives



Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado’s Health Care Safety Net Primer


Montana Department of Commerce

North Dakota

North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People

South Dakota

South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium


Housing & Community Development Division

State Homeless Coordinating Committee

The Road Home (Utah)


Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless


Connecticut Homeless Management Information System
A patient assessment and case management tool used for determining the chronicity and medical vulnerability of homeless persons
Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT)

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
A document describing how to reach and engage persons experiencing homelessness about the Affordable Care Act
Reach, Enroll and Engage: Health Reform is Here

National Center for Health in Public Housing
Resource toolkit for health centers on outreach to residents 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)
Report that examines the place of enabling services in the delivery of health care to people without homes
Exploring Enabling Services as Bridges to Care

Analysis that uses data from the Uniform Data System (UDS) to examine differences between HCH projects in expansion and non-expansion states
How has the ACA Medicaid Expansion Affected Providers Serving the Homeless Population: Analysis of Coverage, Revenues, and Costs

Survey which attempted to target those individuals who were hard-to-reach and less engaged homeless who were more likely to remain unenrolled in Medicaid in order to arrive at best outreach practices for this population
Within Reach: Perspectives of Hard-to-Reach Consumers Experiencing Homelessness

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National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)
NHCHC-created resources specifically addressing coronavirus and the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) community as well as links to other national resources
Coronavirus and Influenza Resources

Seattle & King County
Information on health care services, downloadable flyers, sanitation guides, resources for health care providers, and more
Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Toolkit that provides structure and specific examples for planning and responding to influenza, coronavirus, and other infectious diseases. The toolkit consists of three documents that provide information for Continuum of Care system leadership, homeless service providers, and partners to utilize when planning for and responding to infectious diseases
Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care


Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH, The Source for Housing Solutions)

Department of Health & Human Services
Federal links relevant to homelessness

Fiscal Tiger – Resources for those living in Poverty

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program

Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

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

National Center on Family Homelessness

National Center for Health in Public Housing

National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)

National Low Income Housing Coalition

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

North American Management

The Night Ministry

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)