Healthcare and Housing (H2) Systems Integration

Healthcare and Housing (H2) Systems Integration Resources

Below are resources developed as part of the Housing and Healthcare Integration (H2) Initiative action planning sessions to assist communities and states in undertaking housing/health care integration. We are making these tools available to support communities’ efforts to improve coordination and integration across homeless assistance and health care systems.

Note: These are working tools being offered in “beta” (test pilot) form – please provide feedback on their usefulness and/or how they can be improved to: Gillian Morshedi at gillian@homebaseccc.org

An overview of five key health-care related model strategies to consider in developing an Action Plan to improve health outcomes and housing stability for people experiencing homelessness.
An overview of five key health-care related model strategies to consider in developing an Action Plan to improve health outcomes and housing stability for people experiencing homelessness.
An overview of research and successful permanent supportive housing experience supporting the importance of addressing housing and health needs in an integrated manner.
A tool designed to assist States in the development of a Medicaid benefit to pay for services in supportive housing.
A tool for communities to identify and track their progress in integrating their homeless assistance and healthcare systems and services.
A list of potential stakeholders to consider engaging to support efforts to coordinate and integrate across service and treatment systems.
Information on the San Francisco Health Insurance Benefits Decoder, a pocket reference to help line workers assist clients in ensuring health coverage for their clients.
A guide to assist communities to create their own Benefits Decoder guide.

H2 Initiative

The Housing – Healthcare Integration (H2) Initiative is a technical assistance effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and principally carried out by HomeBase. Its goal is to assist communities and states in undertaking the systems changes needed to enhance integration of the subsidized housing and health care systems and thus better serve vulnerable individuals, such as people experiencing homelessness and those who are low income and living with HIV/AIDS.

The cornerstone of the H2 Initiative is 2-day community-focused action planning sessions, bringing together subject matter experts, representatives from CoC and ESG programs, HIV/AIDS providers and networks, local and state healthcare agencies, HUD and HHS regional and field offices, and other interested parties to engage in cross-system knowledge exchange and develop strategies to for the systems changes needed to enhance integration and collaboration between housing and healthcare providers.

For more information on the H2 Initiative: Click Here