With historic federal investments in housing and health, states are well poised to shift investments from episodic emergency and institutional care to more sustainable community and supportive housing solutions. Housing stability is an essential social determinant of health and necessary for maintaining positive health outcomes. The impact of COVID-19 on people in institutional settings and populations experiencing homelessness further compels state officials to consider the need for equitable and targeted supportive housing programs. States can leverage federal funding for capital and rental assistance and have a variety of levers including federal Medicaid authorities and Medicaid managed care contracting to address housing-related services.
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will convene six states for a two-year Institute beginning in June 2021. NASHP will work with state Medicaid and housing agencies and other state policymakers from six states to address challenges related to sustainable financing of health and housing programs, including ensuring equitable access to housing-related services, demonstrating return on investment (ROI), collecting and sharing data among agencies and providers, determining effective governance structures for cross-sector housing and health initiatives, and measuring program outcomes.
States selected to participate in the Institute include:
- North Dakota
The Institute will draw on lessons learned from NASHP’s first Institute; from November 2018 to November 2020, NASHP convened multi-agency teams in Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, and Texas. Detailed information on these states’ priorities and outcomes can be found in the final report, Five States Break Down Interagency Silos to Strengthen their Health and Housing Initiatives.
To learn more about NASHP’s work on health and housing, visit our resource center for states.
Acknowledgement: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U2MOA394670100, National Organizations of State and Local Officials. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US government.