Brief Connecting a Community
Emerging Strategies for Integrating Health and Housing
Corianne Payton Scally, Elaine Waxman, Ruth Gourevitch
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Foundation Communities is a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Texas that serves over 3,000 individuals and families with permanent supportive housing and affordable family units. In 2012, Foundation Communities launched its Health Initiatives project to provide free nutrition, exercise, and chronic disease management classes to its Austin residents. By providing housing and health services in a central location, Foundation Communities aims to promote a Culture of Health, increase its residents’ access to care, and empower them to live healthier lives. This case study highlights how an affordable housing developer can work with a variety of health and community partners to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals and families. This case study is part of a larger report on Emerging Strategies for Integrating Health and Housing.
Research Areas Health and health care Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net Housing
Tags Community-based care Housing affordability Housing subsidies Social determinants of health
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Health Policy Center