Where Does Homelessness Happen?
Understanding the Definitions of Homelessness
Resource Topic: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations
Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.
Keywords: Data Collection, Management, and Analytics, Housing, Persons Experiencing Homelessness, Uniform Data System (UDS).
Year Developed: 2021
Resource Type: Other
Primary Audience: Administrative Staff
Secondary Audience: Board of Directors
C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.)
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
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Resource Summary: This infographic succinctly depicts the various shelter arrangements that constitute the breadth of homelessness, distinguishing major differences between federal definitions, with considerations for screening.
Resource Details: Homelessness often connotes a specific image of a person’s living arrangement, usually associated with panhandling or sleeping in public spaces. But this stereotype is too narrow, reinforces stigma, and leaves out many who fit the Health and Human Services (HHS) definition. The existence of multiple federal definitions can complicate health care providers’ understanding of homelessness. This infographic succinctly depicts the various shelter arrangements that constitute the breadth of homelessness, distinguishing major differences between federal definitions, with considerations for screening. It can be supplemented with additional training on trauma-informed, destigmatizing screening practices, in addition to corresponding shelter categories in the Uniform Data System (UDS).