Building health from a solid foundation.
A place to call home
The concept of supportive housing, which combines affordable housing with supportive services for individuals with one or more health conditions, is showing great promise in reducing Medicaid costs and improving a variety of health outcomes.
Why it matters:
Adequate housing is at the center of many aspects of our lives, and it can serve as a sturdy anchor for those trying to get back on their feet. A safe, affordable place to call home is linked to education, employment, and positive health outcomes overall.
How we’re changing things:
We’ve assisted four health-related nonprofit agencies in their construction of supportive-housing facilities. All four apartments, located throughout our region, offer housing as well as the provision of case management and health care services.
In addition, we’ve partnered with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to form Missouri’s first-ever Supportive Housing Institute. This four-month program hosted organizations and assisted them in the development of detailed supportive housing plans to serve their target populations.
For the first time in the Foundation’s history, we created a program related investment (PRI) to help fund some of the work of our supportive housing partners. A PRI is a loan (at or below market rate) used to finance projects that might not come to fruition otherwise.