Remembering the Legacy of Congressman Elijah Cummings

10.21.19

 

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) and Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) in Baltimore are deeply saddened by the passing of longtime Maryland Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). Congressman Cummings was a lifelong advocate for people living in poverty and a powerful force for civil rights. His passing last week is a painful loss for Baltimore City, the state of Maryland, and the nation. 

In July of 2018, Health Care for the Homeless hosted Congressman Cummings for a roundtable discussion about the nation’s opioid epidemic with community leaders, HCH staff, and clients. His leadership confronting the opioid crisis and his fierce advocacy for expanding and preserving access to health care have put transformative and life-saving care within reach for countless individuals, families, and communities. Kevin Lindamood, President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore, attests, “Congressman Cummings has long been a champion for the work and mission of Health Care for the Homeless. It is not hyperbole to say that we wouldn't have a dental program today without Congressman Cummings’ tireless advocacy for vulnerable people and for increased access to oral health services. He was greatly admired by our staff and clients and will be sorely missed and always remembered.”

G. Robert Watts, CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, says, “Congressman Cummings knew that housing and health care are human rights and never wavered in his commitment to making this country better for people experiencing poverty. He dedicated his life to ending oppression and was never afraid to challenge injustice. We will be eternally inspired by his drive and passion as we continue our mission to prevent and end homelessness.”

Congressman Elijah Cummings was a true leader, a trusted partner, and a dear friend. We mourn his loss and remember his legacy.

 

 

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