Advocate for adequate and sustainable resources for health systems
Share knowledge on addressing homelessness within the health context
Hold health systems accountable to advance and adopt racially equitable and culturally responsive policies, practices, and prioritization and eligibility criteria
Facilitate cross-systems collaboration
Why We Do It
Housing stability influences people’s health, and health influences people’s housing stability. Children, youth, and families — especially those of color — are inadequately served by health systems. This is due to health systems being insufficiently resourced, lack of knowledge on how to address homelessness in a health context, and lack of cross-systems collaboration. Racial and ethnic biases embedded within policies, practices, and processes that determine who gets access to services compound inadequacies.
Did You Know?
Pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk of becoming homeless, and pregnant women face significantly greater health risks while unstably housed.1
Half of school-age homeless children experience anxiety, depression, or withdrawal compared to 18 percent of non-homeless children.2
Homelessness and hunger are closely intertwined. Homeless children are twice as likely to experience hunger as their non-homeless peers. Hunger has negative effects on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children.3