243526 100,000 Homes Campaign: Solving the Public Health Crisis of Homelessness

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:10 AM

Catherine Craig, LMSW MPA , Health Integration, Common Ground National, New York, NY
In July 2010, Common Ground, along with many national partners, launched the 100,000 Homes Campaign to bring together change agents across the country to end the public health crisis of chronic homelessness within 3 years. The foundation of this work is the detailed registry of people living on the streets or in shelters created at the community level; aggregated information gives us an emerging picture of the experience of homelessness. Our knowledge of the illness burden carried by community members experiencing homelessness is crisp, stark and compels us to action.

Campaign communities use this applied research to understand the urgent health and housing needs of the most vulnerable community members. We use our website, webinar series and conference presentations to illustrate promising practices and foster replication of these practices across the country, and we offer technical assistance to Campaign communities to foster improvements in health and housing outcomes. Together, we are creating relevant outcome measures to demonstrate improved health among people experiencing homelessness, their improved experience of the care systems, and decreased healthcare costs.

We will outline the progress made by campaign communities to date, highlighting the number of people who are now living in permanent housing as a result. We will describe how communities translate information on health and housing needs into actionable steps to match the most vulnerable with housing and services and will review key successes. Finally, we will highlight innovations in community-based approaches to coordinated health and housing.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Define chronic homelessness and permanent supportive housing as a proven solution Describe the multiple social costs and health burdens associated with homelessness Evaluate the impact of a national effort to end chronic homelessness

Keywords: Homelessness, Community Participation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have designed, convened, and facilitated learning fora for the past 5 years, including full-day seminars, conference presentations, meetings with local, state and federal government, and interactive webinars with national and international audiences.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.