The Health Care for the Homeless Program: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts, 1985

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)



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In the mid 1980s, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts teamed up to try out new methods in reaching out to the homeless, specifically in offering them access to medical care. Pew and RWJF committed a total of $25 million over five years to create the Health Care for the Homeless Program (HCHP). The initiative started out in five cities, but had expanded to nineteen by the time the foundations’ involvement ended. The nineteen pilot programs reached hundreds of thousands of homeless people, many of whom had previously been receiving virtually no medical attention. . . .



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