Healthcare & Humanity
Nearly one-third of all emergency room visits are made by people struggling with chronic homelessness: that’s an estimated $70 billion in emergency department utilization costs annually. Most of these visits are for illnesses that can be treated with preventative care.
In fact, about 80% of them.
To make matters worse, chronic homelessness is projected to see an 86% increase by 2023 from the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact is far reaching and presents serious financial implications for health care systems, supportive services, and Taxpayers in California.
But it’s more than financial strain, it’s a humanitarian issue, too.
Today, there’s an estimated 650,000 homeless individuals in the United States, and one out of every three are dying from treatable conditions. If you could impact their health before, after, and in-between care encounters, you’d have a major opportunity to reduce ED usage, length of stay and readmission rates, improve the financial well-being of health systems, and save thousands of lives.