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 rapid response 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.
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.