Information on Healthcare Savings Due to Affordable Housing and Connecting Affordable Housing and Health

Numerous reports illustrating how funding for affordable housing and affordable housing renovations helps reduce healthcare costs by taking an “upstream” approach to health issues. Integrating funds previously reserved for “health” with housing interventions designed to promote healthier homes can help reduce asthma triggers, prevent home injuries and falls, and reduce healthcare costs associated with repeat hospitalization and emergency care treatments.

Health and Housing Reports: Center for Housing Policy, National Housing Conference (NHC)
A series of housing and health reports from the National Housing Conference (NHC) providing innovative ideas and insights about how to integrate affordable housing and healthcare. Cites some potential funding sources; provides evidence-based arguments for integration of housing and healthcare funding [url, pdf; National Housing Conference, Center for Policy Studies]

  • Addressing Housing as a Healthcare Treatment
    Examines accountable care organizations (ACOs), a new system of delivering Medicare health care, coverage of the costs of medical care, similar to a health insurance company, as well as coordinate health and social services. ACOs focus on preventive care and healthcare coordination to reduce costs related to expensive acute care. [2015]

Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing and Health Care
Oregon Health in Housing study which explores the link between affordable housing and health care. Using national health reform metrics, the study found that integrating housing and healthcare led to better primary care, fewer emergency department visits, improved access to and quality of care, and lower costs. Read the full report. [url; Enterprise Community Partners, 2016] [link]

To Reduce Health Costs, Insurer Pays for Housing
September 2015 article in The Texas Tribune about United Healthcare’s innovative approach to supportive housing to lower healthcare costs. [url; Texas Tribune]

Hospitals Must Address Housing in Treating the Homeless
November 2015 article in the Journal of Modern Healthcare, written by an Emergency Room physician, exploring the need for healthcare providers (e.g., hospitals) to support supportive housing to reduce overall healthcare costs. [url; Modern Healthcare News]

Housing as Health Care — New York’s Boundary-Crossing Experiment
Discusses New York State’s investment in supportive housing to address growing Medicaid costs. Study shows supportive housing costs are largely offset by savings resulting from a reduced use of the healthcare system. Funding for capital, operating expenses, rent subsidies, and services are integrated to finance supportive housing units targeted to high-need, high-cost Medicaid recipients. [url; New England Journal of Medicine]

Potential for Energy Savings in Multifamily Affordable Housing
This resource documents the economic and energy savings potential by making multifamily affordable housing more energy-efficient and uses data gathered from a sample of states to show estimated savings in electricity and natural gas usage generated by adoption of energy efficiency programs in multifamily affordable housing. The resource includes specific findings (and fact sheets) for Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Read the full report. [url; Energy Efficiency for All, 2015]