CCH Policy Reports And Publications

Since 1980, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has had a clear mission: “We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.” We've collected all of our mission-driven policy documents here and provide access to downloadable documents as noted. Search, browse, access and get the facts, stats, and real story behind homelessness.
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Lack of Health Care: A Root Cause of Homelessness

April 1, 2003

Close to 41.2 million people in the United States lacked health insurance for all of 2001. Extensive research exists on the effects of homelessness on health, but the high costs of health care as a cause of homelessness for low-income individuals have not been visibly examined. The loss and lack of health insurance places millions of adults and children in the position of being one accident or illness away from homelessness. A Commonwealth Fund study of loss of health insurance found that 40 percent of uninsured respondents had difficulty paying for basic necessities such as food, rent, and utilities as a result of high medical bills.

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