Hospital Discharge:  How Partnership Can End Homelessness

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Audio | August 14, 2006

People living on the street frequently do not receive the medical care they need.  All too often those experiencing homelessness are hospitalized for treatment and then discharged into unsuitable accommodations or back into homelessness. Hospitals, along with the rest of the health care industry, are beginning to acknowledge that addressing clients’ lack of housing is in their best interests. There is a revolving door between the street and the hospital that can be stopped if individuals are housed. Addressing these individuals’ needs can also improve a hospital’s bottom-line because homeless individuals and families are often uninsured and are not able to pay medical bills. This audio conference series focused on how housing and services for homeless individuals benefit homeless individuals as well as the health care industry’s bottom-line.