Access to Affordable Housing Promotes Health and Well-Being and Reduces Hospital Visits

Perm J. 2018;22:17-079. doi: 10.7812/TPP/17-079.


Clinical interventions can only partially mitigate homelessness and housing insecurity, which are threats to health and well-being. Clinicians have several opportunities to address these problems: They can refer patients who are homeless or housing insecure to support services, advocate for their employer or care group to commit resources to end homelessness and housing insecurity, and/or work with government and private sector community organizations to address and eliminate these problems. Citing examples from around the US, we will illustrate how clinics, hospitals, health plans, and public health organizations work to engage in initiatives to end homelessness and housing insecurity.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Homeless Persons*
  • Humans
  • Public Housing / organization & administration*