Homelessness and the Public’s Health: Legal Responses

6 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2017 Last revised: 21 Dec 2018

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James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Barbara DiPietro

Independent

Amy Horton-Newell

Independent

Date Written: June 6, 2017

Abstract

This commentary addresses public health issues underlying homelessness and related law, policy, and advocacy options. After framing public health issues for affected individuals and the community, legal and policy approaches and related barriers are assessed. Major topics include deficits in housing availability, the role of state-based Medicaid programs, criminalization of homelessness, and the use of emergency declarations seeking to address particular issues related to homelessness in select states and localities.

Keywords: homeless, legal, rights, public health, preparedness

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and DiPietro, Barbara and Horton-Newell, Amy, Homelessness and the Public’s Health: Legal Responses (June 6, 2017). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 45, No. SI, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2982113

James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
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Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467
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HOME PAGE: http://https://law.asu.edu/degree-programs/public-health-law-policy

Barbara DiPietro

Independent ( email )

Amy Horton-Newell

Independent ( email )

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