Homelessness and the Public’s Health: Legal Responses
6 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2017 Last revised: 21 Dec 2018
Date Written: June 6, 2017
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
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