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Gulf Coast Housing Partnership’s Health + Housing innovation creates new financing options for health insurers to invest in affordable homes with integrated health and services. See how this innovation is coming to life in two new housing developments nearing completion in Jackson, Miss., and New Orleans.

Innovation Milestones

In March 2022, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership broke ground on its first Health + Housing pilot, H3C, in New Orleans, with Medicaid Managed Care Organization partner Aetna/CVS Health. H3C will feature 192 affordable housing units. Ascension DePaul Community Health Center will operate an adjoining  Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC).

More recently, in November 2022 Gulf Coast Housing Partnership broke ground on its second Health + Housing pilot, The Pearl, in Jackson, Mississippi. Financial supporters include UnitedHealthCare Community Plan of Mississippi. The project will transform a long-vacant hotel into 76 affordable housing units for seniors. Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center will operate an on-site FQHC and oversee a team of community health workers to support residents’ health and well-being.

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If you are born in Mississippi, Louisiana, or Alabama, you will on average live a shorter life than anywhere else in the country. These health disparities are driven by social determinants of health beyond just health care. Our innovation aimed to create affordable housing with access to health care, whereby we could save money for health insurance companies and transfer that savings into investments in affordable housing.
Kevin Krejci, Chief Capital Officer, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership

What’s Next

An integral part of Health + Housing is its goal to quantify the benefits of linking affordable housing and health-care access for residents. While construction continues at H3C and The Pearl, behind the scenes, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership’s capitalization team is working with Medicaid Managed Care Organization and FQHC partners to implement plans and systems that can track and disseminate critical data.