Without a stable address, and with the effort they expend simply surviving, people who are homeless do not receive good or preventative medical care. As a result, health care costs increase, while the potential for good health decreases.
The Partnership for Strong Communities, in collaboration with the Connecticut Hospital Association, has already begun work on their “The Opening Doors: Connecticut Health and Housing Initiative” initiative. With this grant, they will build a process for tracking housing status within the hospital system, with the goal of reducing re-hospitalizations and readmissions for people who are homeless or unstably housed. This work is part of larger, ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life for the homeless.