Briefs & Reports

Connection Between Housing and Health Care Gaining Attention

Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) engaged Health Management Associates (HMA) to help them develop a framework for evaluating the impact of member housing organizations on the health and wellness of residents. That work is summarized in the report “Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future Health and Wellness Outcomes Measurement,” authored by HMA Principal Mike Nardone, HMA Senior Consultant Matt Roan and Linda Trowbridge.

SAHF is a consortium of 12 not-for-profit members who acquire, preserve and, are committed to long-term, sustainable ownership and continued affordability of multifamily rental properties for low-income families, seniors, and disabled individuals. Together, SAHF members own and operate housing in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—providing homes to more than 96,000 low-income households across the country.

With the support of the Kresge Foundation, SAHF has launched a major initiative to explore how best to use outcome measurement to make the case for the important role these organizations play in promoting a better quality of life for their residents.

In addition to summarizing HMA’s work for SAHF, the report also provides an overview of the current health related services being provided by SAHF members, key healthcare measures and outcomes, and opportunities to align high-value services with those measures and outcomes. The report also discusses potential revenue sources, recommendations for developing the value proposition for affordable housing to the healthcare system, and recommended next steps to create new partnerships among affordable housing and the healthcare system.

The connection between health care and housing is gaining attention across the country, as is the work of SAHF and HMA.