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Hospital to Housing

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Hospital to Housing model is a transitional housing model, the purpose of which is to provide recuperative care services for homeless Veterans who have been hospitalized (inpatient or emergency room).  These grant pairs GPD transitional housing with a Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) or other VA clinical care team. Services can be to support medical or mental health care.  Veterans participating in the program should demonstrate functional Activities of Daily Living, not be actively psychotic, not be demonstrating cognitive decline and not needing active detox.

Medical Respite for Homeless Veterans: Impressions of the Hospital to Housing model of care from Grant and Per Diem Providers


(May 2019)

Medical Respite Services for Homeless People: Practical Planning


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Literature review

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Health care utilization following a homeless medical respite pilot program. Biederman DJ, Gamble J, Wilson S, Douglas C, Feigal J. Public Health Nurs. 2019 May;36(3):296-302. doi: 10.1111/phn.12589. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Improving hospital discharge arrangements for people who are homeless: A realist synthesis of the intermediate care literature. Cornes M, Whiteford M, Manthorpe J, Neale J, Byng R, Hewett N, Clark M, Kilmister A, Fuller J, Aldridge R, Tinelli M. Health Soc Care Community. 2018 May;26(3):e345-e359. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12474. Epub 2017 Jul 20. Review.

Medical Respite for People Experiencing Homelessness: Financial Impacts with Alternative Levels of Medicaid Coverage. Shetler D, Shepard DS. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2018;29(2):801-813. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2018.0059.

Improving post-hospital care for people who are homeless: Community-based participatory research to community-based action. Doran KM, Greysen SR, Cunningham A, Tynan-McKiernan K, Lucas GI, Rosenthal  
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Assessing the need for a medical respite: perceptions of service providers and homeless persons. Biederman DJ, Gamble J, Manson M, Taylor D. J Community Health Nurs. 2014;31(3):145-56. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2014.926675.

Medical respite programs for homeless patients: a systematic review. Doran KM, Ragins KT, Gross CP, Zerger S. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 May;24(2):499-524. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0053. Review.

Leaving before discharge from a homeless Medical Respite program: predisposing factors and impact on selected outcomes. Bauer J, Moughamian A, Viloria J, Schneidermann M. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 Aug;23(3):1092-105. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0118.

Post-hospital medical respite care and hospital readmission of homeless persons. Kertesz SG, Posner MA, O'Connell JJ, Swain S, Mullins AN, Shwartz M, Ash AS. J Prev Interv Community. 2009;37(2):129-42. doi: 10.1080/10852350902735734.

Medical respite care for homeless people: a growing national phenomenon. Zerger S, Doblin B, Thompson L. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2009 Feb;20(1):36-41. doi: 10.1353/hpu.0.0098.

The effects of respite care for homeless patients: a cohort study. Buchanan D, Doblin B, Sai T, Garcia P. Am J Public Health. 2006 Jul;96(7):1278-81. Epub 2006 May 30.

It takes a village: a multidisciplinary model for the acute illness aftercare of individuals experiencing homelessness. Gundlapalli A, Hanks M, Stevens SM, Geroso AM, Viavant CR, McCall Y, Lang P, Bovos M, Branscomb NT, Ainsworth AD. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2005 May;16(2):257-72.

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