For those who are homeless and need a place to live, there are options. Here’s a look at homeless resources, homelessness during the pandemic, and how those willing to help can get involved.
Social distancing is difficult to practice in crowded homeless shelters. One doctor is working to increase awareness among this population and ensure health care service are provided.
What do stay-at-home orders mean when there’s nowhere to stay?
In order to demystify the all-too-common experience of being without a roof over your head, we asked some of London's homeless people about their day-to-day lives.
In SHELTER, VICE journeys to New Orleans to tell the story of teen homelessness from the point of view of the staff and residents of Covenant House— America's largest non-profit shelter that has been on the front lines protecting the lives of at-risk young adults for more than 40 years.
The homeless often look much older than their years. Their living conditions, addictions, and psychiatric disorders speed them to poor health, frequently with multiple life-threatening illnesses at once.
Proponents of the so-called "Housing First" movement argue that taxpayer dollars would be better spent providing homeless people with a safe place to live so they can take care of themselves, instead of cartwheeling between the emergency room and the streets.
Medical team searches for New York City homeless to deliver treatment, offer advice and make referrals to clinics.
A growing number of the nation's homeless are reaching what's called "premature old age." Like Tony and Andrea, they're in their late 40s and 50s, but suffer from ailments more common for those in their 70s. Many will likely die over the next decade.
On the whole, the health needs of the homeless population are extremely complex and not adequately addressed by mainstream healthcare and access to it. Getting to a doctor, for example, might call for transport they don’t have, or there may be difficulties in getting prescriptions. And when you’re trying to survive or find shelter, these take priority over getting help for an infected wound.
Hwang agrees that looking after those who have fallen through the economic cracks is "always a challenge. It keeps you on your toes."
Yet, despite the obvious frustrations, Hwang says it is also rewarding helping people who are so much in need.
This vulnerable population comprises a human kaleidoscope of people often excluded from mainstream society: runaways, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth, those targeted by domestic violence, struggling veterans, displaced factory workers, migrant laborers, refugees, illiterate individuals, fragile elderly persons, and those discharged from mental hospitals or overcrowded prisons.
The emergence of an older homeless population is creating daunting challenges for social service agencies and governments already struggling to fight poverty.
Homelessness affects people from many walks of life. A recent study found that one out of 25 Americans have been homeless sometime in their lives. Tales of how people became homeless and what their lives have been like since they have become homeless are often disheartening and complex.
Zabukovic is convinced the clinic-in-a-homeless center is a model that can be replicated by health systems across the country. “It fits the mission,” he said. “It's an access point that provides good quality care to a needy population.” And he notes that it helps keep healthcare spending down by reducing ED visits and hospitalizations for patients with serious chronic conditions.
This Veterans Day, as we say thank you, let’s ensure that we have a better understanding of the difficult mental and physical health issues that millions of our veterans face each day. Here are a few important and staggering statistics to give better context about the battles these heroes fight when they get home...
It’s not always easy to see, but homelessness and health care have a clear — and cyclical — relationship: poor health can lead to homelessness, and homelessness can aggravate poor health. And both can be a burden on our health care system.
Calling the police on a homeless person can be damaging or even deadly, a new app aims to quickly get them less confrontational assistance.
Supportive housing programs that offer shelter to the homeless and a variety of medical and social services have had a dramatic impact on health outcomes and costs in communities that have implemented them.
Homelessness is caused by and exacerbates poverty, poor health, addiction, mental illness, and violence. What can be done to stop this seemingly hopeless cycle?
Most homeless people are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Roughly one-third of sheltered homeless adults had chronic substance use issues in 2010, according to the SAMHSA.
To make health care more accessible and higher quality, insurers and providers are experimenting with a number of new approaches—from storing patient information in the cloud to opening clinics inside of grocery stores.
Close cousins to many of these tactics, however, were implemented even earlier in the homeless health care system.
We discuss critical and timely topics focused on equity, homelessness, substance use, mental health, and trauma. Our hosts interview health and human service experts, researchers, and advocates. Conversations explore how we can adapt our systems to the rapidly changing landscape of social services.
In partnership with caregivers, advocates, donors and our neighbors without homes, we provide health care and housing supports, and advocate for justice for all.
The Street Medicine Institute (SMI) facilitates and enhances the direct provision of health care to the unsheltered homeless where they live.
An acute physical or behavioral health crisis or any long-term disabling condition may lead to homelessness; homelessness itself can exacerbate chronic medical conditions. A person can become chronically homeless when his or her health condition becomes disabling and stable housing is too difficult to maintain without help.
NCHV will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.
The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
The Council is a membership organization that connects you with peers, specialists, and resources to eliminate homelessness through health care and housing.
We work to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless is the only national animal organization focused on feeding and providing emergency care to pets of homeless people.