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Community investment has the potential to simultaneously improve community health outcomes, reduce health disparities and, in the long-term, lower health care costs.

Enterprise is working with the health care industry and community partners to explore investment models and payment models that address housing or the built environment to improve health outcomes or lower the overall cost of care and services.

Investments through Enterprise lead to the creation of vibrant and equitable communities where families have access to healthy, affordable homes connected to good schools, jobs, transit, and health care services.

Improving Delivery of Care and Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Families

In Oregon, Enterprise and partners are working to demonstrate that investing health care dollars into housing supports and services can be a cost-effective way to improve the delivery of care and improve health outcomes for vulnerable families. This work is being done through a two-year Flexible Funds Pilot Project that launched in January 2016.

The pilot project will evaluate how short-term rental assistance and other housing-related services for families experiencing both a health and housing crisis impacts their subsequent health care costs, utilization, benefit enrollment and connection to mental and physical health care providers. The goal is to show that by using a little bit of flex funds on rental assistance, it can cost the whole system less.