Quality affordable housing is a platform for good health and well-being.

Health and Housing. Housing and Health.
It’s become increasingly clear that stable, quality affordable housing is a platform for residents’ health and well-being. With that evidence, Enterprise and many of our peers are seeking to connect the fields of health care and affordable housing/community development.

Ben'sPortland-300x452.jpgFor Enterprise, this cross-sectoral journey demonstrates our commitment to ending housing insecurity in the United States so that all low-income people have access to homes that are affordable, healthy, and connected to good schools, jobs, transit and health care.

In this first issue of Health & Housing News, we focus on Portland, Ore., where nine nonprofit housing providers and their health care partners are testing replicable, cost-saving strategies as part of the Oregon Health and Housing Learning Collaborative. We also have launched a Medicaid utilization study with Providence Health System to look at the impact of stable, service-enriched housing on health outcomes and cost. Both efforts have been generously supported by Meyer Memorial Trust.

More health and housing alignment is forthcoming with updates to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria that promote healthy design and construction. Scheduled for release in April 2015, the updated Criteria will include a new assessment requiring developers to identify health issues facing the neighborhood and to proactively address at least one of those issues as part of the development’s design and construction.

Bridging the health and housing sectors requires engaging on-the-ground partners and developing effective health-related community services. It also demands advocacy at the national level to remove barriers that prevent coordination and create funding streams within the health care system, rather than solely relying on community development grant dollars to create healthy affordable housing.

Please join the conversation as we continue to promote collaboration among housing professionals, health care providers, health insurance entities, legislators and other key partners. Subscribe to Health & Housing News and email us with your questions and ideas. Every voice counts as we continue to learn each other’s language and embrace shared goals to end housing insecurity and improve the health and well-being of low-income people.

Rob Grossinger, Vice President
Enterprise Community Partners

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Research Underway with Providence Health System

Enterprise is partnering with Providence’s Center for Outcomes Research and Education on a study analyzing the Medicaid claims data of 6,500-plus affordable housing residents. The unprecedented study will assess the impact of stable housing and services on health outcomes as well as health care costs and quality.

Oregon Health and Housing Learning Collaborative
Enterprise’s Pacific Northwest office in Portland, Ore., provides a base for the nine-member collaborative of housing and service providers. This invitation-only peer-to-peer collaborative will host its next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT, Portland, Ore. For more information contact Amanda Saul.

CASE STUDIES
Breaking ground on a new delivery model, Housing with Services, LLC
brings together housing providers, health insurers and service providers to create affordable housing with integrated health services.
View case study.

At Home Forward’s Bud Clark Commons, residents’ health care expenses decrease by 45 percent after moving in to the property. View the case study.

IN THE NEWS

SUPPORT & PARTNERS
Enterprise’s Health and Housing work is made possible by the generous support of Meyer Memorial Trust, Bank of America, Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

Critical partners include Oregon Opportunity Network, Klink Consulting Group, Cascadia Behavioral Health, Catholic Charities, Cedar Sinai Park, Central City Concern, Home Forward, Human Solutions, Innovative Housing, Inc., Northwest Housing Alternatives and REACH CDC.

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