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Homeless Population

In recent years, levels of homelessness in New York City have reached record numbers—in 2014, more than 60,000 men, women, and children slept each night in the City’s shelter system, a 64% increase from 10 years ago. Overall, New York State saw the largest increase in homelessness between 2012 and 2013 than any other state: 7,864 people. Homeless New Yorkers have much higher rates of physical health problems, serious mental illness, and substance use conditions compared with the general public. The life expectancy for this vulnerable population is also significantly shorter—sometimes by decades. Homeless people face many obstacles in obtaining health care and are much less likely to seek and receive primary care services. When they do go for treatment, it is often at emergency rooms—putting added strain on an already overburdened system. NYSHealth has supported a range of efforts to improve the health of New York State’s homeless residents and increase their access to primary care.

Learn more about NYSHealth’s work in this area:

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
From Crisis to Solutions: Cost Analysis and Interventions for Aging Homeless Adults

Center for Health Care Strategies
Housing as Health Care: Policy and Financing Options

Corporation for Supportive Housing
New York State Supportive Housing Community Needs Assessment

Legal Aid Society
Preserving Health Care for Homeless New Yorkers

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Building Health Home Capacity to Serve Homeless Clients

Metropolitan Community Church of New York
Preserving and Transitioning Homeless Youth and Adolescent Services

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Building Health Home Capacity to Serve Homeless Clients

Project Renewal
Use of the ScanVan for Tuberculosis and Breast Cancer Screening Among Poor and Homeless New Yorkers

Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Taking Care of the New Home Front: Leveraging Federal Resources to Expand Community Capacity to Serve New York State’s Returning Veterans and Their Families

Related Past Events
A Conversation About Housing as Health Care: Can It Be Done?

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