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Health Care, The Affordable Care Act, and Homelessness

No one service is insulated from another.  Homelessness is associated with virtually every aspect of the health care system.

Emergency services, mental health services and utilization of health care resources, are just a few of the many areas impacted by homelessness.  In many cases, illnesses go untreated, pains are ignored, until it is either too late for intervention, or the cost associated therein is much higher than it would have been if there was access to care earlier.  Access to affordable housing is one of most effective ways that costs can be reduced and adequate care provided.

A study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality, found that homeless individuals are 4 times more likely to be hospitalized than the general population.  In another study conducted in New York, the average additional cost associated with hospitalization of the homeless was $2,414 more than low-income patients, and the length of stay after hospitalization, 4 days longer.










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-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

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