When considering how to improve health outcomes for low-income individuals, most people think about providing access to good medical care and keeping the cost of that care as low as possible. What people rarely think about is the connection between good health and quality affordable housing. This edition of What Funders Need to Know explores these connections and highlights some promising practices by both government and business that help low-income individuals get housed, stay healthier, and lower overall costs.
Communities thrive when people are housed comfortably, safely, and affordably. This is especially true for children. And when children thrive, their educational and other outcomes are more likely to be positive. Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' What Funders Need to Know looks at the connection between stable housing and educational outcomes.
In 2005, when a group of foundation, bank and nonprofit colleagues created the Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition, few of them realized that unsustainable loans and increasing foreclosures were a serious problem ... today, the coalition is addressing the challenge by working simultaneously on multiple fronts with local, state and federal partners.