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.
- In January 2019, Enterprise and Kaiser Permanente announced an Enterprise-managed $85 million Housing for Health Fund serving the San Francisco Bay Area and a $100 million national loan fund. Each will invest over the next 10 years to preserve and to create affordable, healthy homes, with the loan fund concentrating on Kaiser Permanente’s service regions in eight states and the District of Columbia.
- Explore Enterprise's 2016 report, Aligning Home and Health Care through Strategic Investment, to explore the impact Enterprise Community Loan Fund had on the health and wellness, housing security, and economy of two impacted communities.
Improving Housing Stability and Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Families
In Oregon, Enterprise and partners conducted a two-year pilot program, the Safe Landing Housing Program, to demonstrate how shallow rental assistance in combination with services can lessen the risk of a family losing their home in the face of short-term health issues.
The evaluation of the Safe Landing’s program demonstrated the positive impact that a small amount of rental assistance can have on the physical and mental health of individuals and families facing short-term health issues that jeopardize their ability to pay rent. The evaluation also highlights the need for programs such as this one to exists at the systems-level by highlighting the complexities of administering this program at an organizational-level.