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Experts Urge Legislators to Adopt New Solutions for California’s Homeless

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As hospitals actively engage with community partners to comply with a new homeless patient discharge planning law, members of the Legislature heard from advocates last week about the need for a broad transformation in the way California addresses homelessness.

A panel of state and federal experts addressed a joint informational hearing of two Assembly committees — the Housing and Community Development Committee and the Human Services Committee. Among the findings and solution presented, the panelists urged lawmakers to change California’s decentralized homeless shelters from temporary housing stops to a more integrated system that connects people to the services and resources they need, and more quickly places them into housing.

To help hospitals comply with the new homeless patient discharge law, CHA has developed a guidebook titled Discharge Planning for Homeless Patients.