Committee participants and staff observed numerously commendable, well-used health care, and healthcare-related services for homeless people around the country over the course of the report. Meetings were conducted with city authorities, support agencies, donors, and advocates for the homeless; various accounts of such services were reviewed.

However, the fact that disadvantaged and homeless people have difficulty distinguishing a particular need, such as health and mental health services, from the other tasks required for survival, such as finding accommodation and food, is repeatedly met by even the most energetic health care provider.

As long as the homeless lived on the streets or in emergency shelters, even though the health care facilities that are clearly needed by too many of the homeless were readily available and affordable, the influence of those services would be significantly limited.

 

Essay: What Is Being Done About the Health Problems of Homeless People?
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