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MPCA is committed to working with members and partner agencies to better understand and respond to the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Modeled after a demonstration project jointly funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust, the Health Care for the Homeless program was initiated in 1987 as part of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. In 1996, Congress passed the Health Centers Consolidation Act, which joined the Health Care for the Homeless program to the community, migrant, and public housing primary health care programs under a single authority called the Consolidated Health Center Program.


The Health Care for the Homeless program provides federal grants to nonprofit organizations to deliver primary health care and substance use disorder services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The Health Care for the Homeless program provides a multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of care by combining systems of primary care, substance use disorders and mental health services, patient management, and education with aggressive outreach.


Homelessness in Michigan

Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness (
MCTEH) 2017 Annual Report states that there are 93,619 homeless people in Michigan. As summarized in the report: “Housing is a basic need and ending homelessness is an achievable goal. No person should be forced to sleep on the streets, in the woods or on a cot in a shelter on any night, in any town or city. Any homeless experience should be brief, rare and nonrecurring.”

  • From 2015 through 2017, Michigan saw a decrease in the total number of people experiencing homelessness.
  • In 2017, there were an estimated 63,024 literally homeless individuals (individuals and families residing on the streets, in emergency shelters, or in other places not fit for human habitation) statewide.
  • Fifty-three percent of the homeless population in Michigan are identified as African American, yet they make up only 14 percent of the state’s overall population.

You can read more data from the report here.


Homelessness at Michigan Health Centers

In 2018, Michigan health centers served 48,866 patients experiencing homelessness. 

Health Care for the Homeless Sites in Michigan


For more information, contact Jackie Chandler.


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