Funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation, the National Housing Conference (NHC) convened a series of health and housing working group meetings to bring together practitioners from both the nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing sphere with health care organizations. The objective was to explore practical and actionable ways that housing developers can work together with health systems and managed care organizations to build new affordable housing units while reducing unreimbursed medical costs in high-cost populations. Over the course of nine months, the group worked to identify the necessary next steps in order to foster more direct investment by health organizations in affordable housing, while identifying challenges that continue to require mitigating strategies.
A profile on the UnitedHealthcare Community & State partnership with Chicanos Por La Causa.
Affordable and stable housing plays a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of children. Research from Children’s HealthWatch shows public investment in housing—including housing for homeless families and rental assistance for food-insecure families—improves the health outcomes of vulnerable infants and young children and lowers health care spending.
The Role of Anchor Institutions in Restoring Neighborhoods: Health Institutions as a Catalyst for Affordable Housing and Community Development
Anchor institutions, such as hospitals and universities, can be important catalysts for urban economic and community development. They can take on a variety of
roles—from community infrastructure builder to purchaser of local goods and services to developer of real estate. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), nonprofit hospitals and other health care institutions have new obligations and opportunities to embrace their role as community anchors by pursuing activities that focus on addressing the comprehensive health needs in their communities.
This review summarizes and evaluates recent research on the effectiveness of housing interventions to result in health care cost savings. There are a number of good studies that have demonstrated that providing permanent supportive housing to homeless individuals can result in significant savings on public health care expenditures—usually more than enough to offset the cost of providing housing and services. There is less research monetizing health care savings associated with other housing programs. However, with new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid, the research provides clear support for collaboration between the housing and health communities on supportive housing programs.
The Creston Avenue Residence is the first supportive housing project to open using MRT capital funds.
The Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program was launched in 1997 with state funding to carry out lead poisoning prevention activities and connect families who have children with elevated blood levels to resources for help.
Hennepin Health is a partnership of four Hennepin County agencies: Metropolitan Health Plan, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, and the Human Services and Public Health Department of Hennepin County.
New research from Children’s HealthWatch illustrates there is no safe level of homelessness. The timing (pre-natal, post-natal) and duration of homelessness (more or less than six months) compounds the risk of harmful child health outcomes.
Affordable Housing’s Place in Health Care: Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Reform
The paper explains how the Medicaid program works and key changes made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prior health care reform efforts have altered the health care sector to focus more on prevention, care coordination, and the social needs of Medicaid beneficiaries.