The American Medical Association took a strong stand supporting Housing First Policies like those we have in place here at Humility Homes and Services. These policies end chronic homelessness and build more equitable communities by ending racial housing segregation. AMA delegates at the 2018 annual meeting in Chicago adopted the stand.
“It is important that we take steps to improve the health and well-being of people who are facing chronic homelessness, and focusing on housing first may help do that,” said AMA Trustee Ryan J. Ribeira, MD, MPH.
“The AMA remains committed to eliminating health disparities in this country in order to achieve health equity and will continue to push for measures that improve the health of the nation,” Dr. Edwards said.
Among those who exerience homelessness, some health problems are more prevalent than in the general population. More Medicaid patients are visiting the emergency department than ever before because of the growing crisis of poverty, homelessness and decreased number of mental health facilities.
Read their full press release here.