Homeless Health

The Policy Problem

Homelessness continues to be a pervasive problem throughout the U.S., affecting rural as well as urban and suburban communities. According to a recent national survey, it is estimated that 930,589 people are homeless on a given night and 2 to 3 million are homeless over the course of a year.

Policy Options

Health Care for the Homeless grantees recognize the complex needs of homeless persons and strive to provide a coordinated, comprehensive approach to health care including substance abuse and mental health services.


The Health Care for the Homeless Program is a major source of care for homeless persons in the United States, serving patients that live on the street, in shelters, or in transitional housing. In 2007, HRSA-funded health centers served nearly 930,589 persons experiencing homelessness.


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