“The lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs contributes to the current housing crisis and to homelessness.”
Emergency Housing Solutions
If you are not yet homeless but fear you will be one day soon, it may be possible to avoid becoming homeless by finding out about prevention or emergency assistance programs in your area. Often these programs can help in paying rent, utilities, or bills. If you are currently homeless, emergency assistance programs may help with health care, food, and temporary, transitional, or permanent housing.
For individuals struggling to keep a roof over their head, this organization has a database that includes hundreds of homeless and housing programs in the country. The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) will provide suggested places for you to find help in your area and if you cannot find any help locally, they urge you to contact them and will see if they can find you assistance.
“Over half of personal bankruptcies in the U.S. result from health issues.”
Healthcare For the Homeless
NCH recognizes that poor health is both a cause and a result of homelessness. When people are reduced to homelessness because of poor health, it can rapidly escalate and develop into employment problems, financial difficulties, and housing issues. The National Healthcare for the Homeless Council provides a directory for healthcare services in your area for people experiencing homelessness.