At least 151,000 people are homeless in California, 75% of whom are not living in a shelter — the largest proportion of people living without shelter in the country — with about one-quarter thought to be experiencing chronic homelessness. Now, with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, two crises have collided, causing a disproportionate risk to people who are unsheltered.
This collection offers an expanding range of resources designed, in collaboration with the Center for Health Care Strategies, to address the COVID-19-related and chronic health care needs of people experiencing homelessness. Topics include promising and best practices for service delivery, partnerships, and other ways to address the health care needs of Californians who are unhoused.
This is an ongoing series, so please check back frequently for the most recent additions to the collection. See all of CHCF’s work on the topic of Homelessness and Health Care.
How Can Health Plans Support People Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Providing Medical Respite for People Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19
Medical respite sites play a critical role in supporting individuals who are homeless, as well as hospitals experiencing a surge in capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar, coordinated by the Center for Health Care Strategies and the National Institute for Medical Respite Care and made possible through support from CHCF, highlighted the experiences and innovations of three medical respite centers in California and Washington State during COVID-19.
Alcohol Management Program Pilots
California’s Project Roomkey
How Destination Home Is Partnering with Santa Clara County to Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Amid COVID-19
While the COVID-19 pandemic has strained this country’s health care system in innumerable ways, a critical challenge is how to best support the health care needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. California’s Santa Clara County, where many homeless individuals in the Bay Area reside, has been a leader, fueled by its early surge of COVID-19 infections.