Housing is Health
Housing is Health
Because safe, affordable housing is health
Housing is more than just four walls and a roof - it is a chance to live the healthiest life possible. See how Providence Supportive Housing creates community and helps very vulnerable people live to their fullest potential, including seniors and those with disabilities.
Reducing homelessness is about partnerships. To make a lasting impact, nonprofits, for-profits, governments, agencies, and health systems need to work together. Our family of organizations often join with community partners that offer housing and related social services to those experiencing housing instability or homelessness. In many of the stories here, we have made community benefit investments supporting nonprofits and agencies that are dedicated to giving highly vulnerable people a fresh start. It’s all because we believe that #HousingisHealth.
Supportive housing combines permanent housing with voluntary supportive services for its residents, many of whom have experienced homelessness or housing instability. The supportive housing model offers safe, affordable community-based living that helps residents remain housed and have the best chance at an independent, productive life. Depending on the housing provider, it is offered to individuals and to families with very low incomes.
Timothy Zaricznyj, Ed.D., is executive director of supportive housing for Providence. He leads 16 affordable housing programs in Washington, Oregon and California. Zaricznyj holds a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco for which he published the dissertation “Righting Home, A Critical Hermeneutic Study of Home, Homelessness and the Spaces In Between.”
This report examines the 2018 Point in Time Count and offers a snapshot of homelessness, described as sheltered and unsheltered, on a single night in the U.S. It covers national and state data. It is published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is a frequently-used resource. Many other reports are based on its findings.
View Annual Homeless Assessment Report
This report ranks the health of nearly every county in the nation. The 2019 edition highlights secure, affordable housing. It is produced by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
View County Health Rankings Report
Produced by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, this report uses the HUD Point in Time Count and other research to extrapolate state and national data on homelessness.
View the State of Homelessness Report
The American Hospital Association makes a clear link between social needs and health status. Up to 40 percent of health outcomes may be attributed to non-medical factors. The guide includes five case studies of hospitals and health system innovation on housing issues in their communities.
View Housing and the Role of Hospital Report
A look at the public perceptions of homelessness and the opportunities to better explain the root causes and its broader societal significance. Includes a comparison of expert and public understanding of housing and healthy housing.
View Public Understandings of Healthy Housing Report
A thorough and concise report that calls for understanding and addressing youth homelessness. The accessible presentation of findings includes national estimates along with comprehensive recommendations for advocacy and intervention.
Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection Between Housing & Health Care
This study examined three types of affordable housing in 145 locations in Oregon to identify impact on health care costs. Medicaid claims data were used to measure changes in health care costs and use. Health care costs were markedly lower and resident satisfaction higher after people moved into affordable housing.
Anchored Home: Strategic Action Plan to Solve Homelessness in Anchorage: 2018-2021
Published by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, this is a focused implementation plan for Anchorage, Alaska that combines federal, state and local strategies. It involved broad community engagement and looks at immediate needs as well as areas where more resources are needed to achieve goals.
Regional Supportive Housing Impact Fund - Oregon
A strategic framework to guide the next phase of the Housing is Health initiative based in Portland, Oregon. Conclusions and direction were formed through extensive community discussions. The primary goal is to expand supportive housing capacity including transitions into this housing model. The focus is on populations that are experiencing homelessness and have complex health challenges.
If your organization would like to get involved in solving homelessness in the western United States, we welcome an email message. For individuals wanting to make a difference for those experiencing housing loss, stay tuned for future opportunities!