Homelessness & Health

A view of the back of person wearing a backpack and a hooded sweatshirt outside in a cold busy urban setting

Homelessness affects both physical and mental health and makes accessing health care difficult. As a result, people experiencing homelessness often face higher rates of poor health outcomes than people with housing. Public health tools are particularly important to protect the health of people experiencing homelessness and support the end of homelessness.

Related Homelessness Resources

Training on Homelessness for Public Health Providers
This course will provide public health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure public health protections reach people experiencing homelessness and recognize and respond to public health emergencies among people experiencing homelessness.

Communications Planning for Reaching People Experiencing Homelessness [PDF – 1 MB]
When COVID-19 began to spread throughout the United States in early 2020, advocates and policymakers recognized that people experiencing homelessness were particularly vulnerable to the negative outcomes associated with the disease