Show Me Healthy Housing

“Supportive housing” combines affordable housing with supportive services for individuals with one or more health conditions. We’ve promoted this philosophy in our region through a variety of strategies.

Show Me Healthy Housing

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We provided funding to four health-related nonprofit agencies for the construction of housing, as well as the provision of case management and health care services for their clients. This work used a “housing first” approach, based on the idea that lasting health improvements can be built off the foundation of a safe, stable place to live. This supportive housing strategy gives tenants easy access to a variety of voluntary services designed to help them become healthier and more self-sufficient.

Grantees included:

  • Columbia Housing Authority – Patriot Place: focusing on homeless veterans (Columbia, MO)
  • Preferred Family Healthcare – Chloe Place: focusing on affordable housing for families and individuals with serious mental illness (Hannibal, MO)
  • The Kitchen – Beacon Village II: focusing on affordable housing for families transitioning from homelessness (Springfield, MO)
  • North East Community Action Corporation – Berkshire Estates: focusing on senior homeless veterans (Mexico, MO)

Missouri Supportive Housing Institute:
As part of our Show Me Healthy Housing program, we also partnered to create the first-ever Missouri Supportive Housing Institute, in collaboration with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). The four-month program hosted organizations and assisted them in the development of detailed supportive housing plans to serve their target populations.

Show Me Healthy Housing Loan Fund:
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 Show Me Healthy Housing partners. A PRI is a loan (at or below market rate) used to finance projects that might not come to fruition otherwise. PRIs offer certain benefits that regular grantmaking does not. Advantages include helping nonprofits establish credit, offering them experience with financial management, and attracting additional lenders to their projects. Not only that, since the loans are eventually repaid to the lending foundation, the money can be “recycled” to help even more people.

Our $1.5 million PRI was given to the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national nonprofit community development financial institution recognized for expertise in supportive housing and lending, to fund pre-development loans for nonprofits building supportive housing. The new Show Me Healthy Housing Loan Fund is combined with approximately $4 million that CSH set aside for their work in Missouri.

In May of 2016, Gateway Housing First became the first recipient of funding through this program.

Due to external environmental conditions, the Loan Fund was discontinued in the summer of 2019.


Jean Freeman-Crawford

Senior Project Analyst

(314) 345-5545