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The Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) provides health care services for people experiencing homelessness in King County and provides leadership to help change the conditions that deprive our neighbors of home and health.

HCHN highlights

Funding opportunity for homeless health services – opening March 16
Agencies providing health services to homeless individuals can apply to partner with Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) available 3/16/17 at www.kingcounty.gov/health/rfp. HCHN partners provide medical/nursing, outreach, case management, mental health, and substance use disorder to the single adult, family, and youth/young adult homeless populations throughout King County. Please share this information with partners serving homeless individuals, and your networks of agencies who may be interested in applying.

A series of bidders conferences and Technical Assistance overview sessions was held the week of March 28th and has concluded.  Questions about the RFQ itself can be submitted through April 12th to Jeffrey Brown at Public Health, jeffrey.brown@kingcounty.gov.  Technical Assistance (TA) is available to support agencies in evaluating whether they should apply for the RFQ as well as individualized support in their RFQ response.  To request such TA for this RFQ, contact either: Tom Byers, Tom@cedarrivergroup.com, 206-223-7660 x 101, or Karen Flink, kflink@cedarrivergroup.com, 206-223-7660 x 108.

The RFQ closes April 21, 2017. Agency funding will start in January 2018, and be renewable for calendar years 2019 and 2020. Subscribe your email address to get notices for this and other Public Health funding opportunities.


Community data on disparities

There is currently no single source for population health data on homeless individuals in King County. A variety of data sets are used together to understand both health and housing needs. King County’s City Health Profiles and Community Health Indicators are generally the primary sources of published community health data.  

Health Care for the Homeless Network also utilizes agency level data collected on homeless patients from subcontracted partners and public health clinic sites. See data available from the past five years which includes multiple demographics.

King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) manages data on the size and regional distribution of King County’s homeless population.

Finally, King County's Equity & Social Justice Office's Tools & Resources site also contains a series of helpful maps that show the distribution and geographic shifts of key demographics within King County: income, race/ethnicity, and languages spoken in King County.

As noted in the RFQ, applicants may use data from their organization or other community sources to supplement King County’s published data, to address questions about disparities.


Homelessness inevitably causes serious health problems. Illnesses that are closely associated with poverty - tuberculosis, AIDS, malnutrition, severe dental problems - devastate the homeless population. Health problems that exist quietly at other income levels - alcoholism, mental illnesses, diabetes, hypertension, physical disabilities - are prominent on the streets. Human beings without shelter fall prey to parasites, frostbite, infections and violence.

~ National Health Care for the Homeless Council