Health Systems and Hospitals Receive Guidance from USICH

Health Systems and Hospitals: Key Players in Solving the Homelessness Crisis

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has released federal guidance aimed at helping health systems and hospitals better care for individuals experiencing homelessness. As the Executive Director of USICH, Jeff Olivet emphasized that homelessness is a public health crisis that requires collaboration between health systems, hospitals, and housing providers to effectively address the complex needs of homeless individuals.

The guidance titled “How Health Systems and Hospitals Can Help Solve Homelessness” is not only relevant to health professionals but also to public health departments, providers, and researchers. It outlines six strategies for implementation that can help make a difference in the lives of homeless individuals. These include delivering care outside of traditional medical facilities, partnering with non-health organizations, improving data systems and data-sharing on housing and homelessness, promoting supportive and affordable housing, engaging in homelessness prevention, and advancing health equity.

To develop this guidance, USICH conducted a review of current literature and interviewed over a dozen individuals. Partners who provided feedback included people who have experienced homelessness themselves, as well as government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

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