See You Now Podcast

Listen Again | 80: Health Starts With Housing

November 2, 2023


Homelessness across the U.S. is on the rise. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports the number of unsheltered and chronically homeless individuals and families has climbed ~6% annually since 2017, and an estimated 582,462 people experienced homelessness across America in 2022. Advocacy groups and researchers say a big driving force is the decline of affordable housing, a problem decades in the making but one that has grown significantly worse in the past few years. And when people lose their homes, housing and shelter, their lives, health, and safety become far more complex and at risk.

In observance of Homelessness Awareness Month, we’re listening again to this important episode centered on the stories, proven solutions, and care models that are meaningfully improving the health and lives of our most complex community members. Nurse Lauran Hardin, MSN, CNL, FNAP, FAAN shares how inviting a broad range of community agencies to collaboratively address and solve complex situations and care needs improves housing access, reduces avoidable and unnecessary hospital visits, supports behavioral health, and provides the deep satisfaction healthcare professionals experience when people get the full range of health, housing, and human services they need for healthy, joyful, connected lives.

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