Housing Is helps broaden and deepen efforts to align housing, education, and health organizations to produce positive long-term outcomes for those experiencing poverty. Collaboration across systems and sectors—through shared goals, focused resources, and coordinated efforts—strengthens our collective ability to serve the needs of low-income individuals and families effectively and efficiently.
Public housing offers many low-income children, families, and seniors critical stability, but fragmented service delivery systems and siloed policymaking often fail to address social determinants of low-income individuals and families holistically. This often results in stagnant effectiveness and costly inefficiencies.
CLPHA leads the affordable housing industry as a convener of partners across sectors who are committed to aligning different systems and developing interdisciplinary programs to address a variety of essential needs in communities across the country. From promoting data sharing and shared accountability to encouraging cross-sector training and evidence-based interventions, our work fosters improved, sustained alignment and collaboration.
CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative recognizes the key role public housing authorities can play in a variety of educational efforts benefiting both low-income children and adults. Research has shown that housing stability has a significant impact on children’s school performance and long-term outcomes, such as graduation rates and post-secondary activities. Housing authorities are actively exploring how they can align with and add value to local approaches that aim to improve educational outcomes.
Public housing residents are not only economically disenfranchised, but also experience higher rates of chronic conditions and diagnoses such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and anxiety/depression. PHAs and their health partners can improve low-income people’s health and wellbeing by enhancing built environments, providing preventative health resources, and increasing access to healthcare services.
The Cleveland Foundation will partnerwith the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and CHN Housing Partners to help bridge the digital divide for CMHA residents. The Foundation will provide marketing, education, advocacy, and awareness of its digital inclusion initiative to CMHA. According to the Foundation, 50 percent of CMHA residents live in “digital equity high-need areas.”
The Chester Housing Authority hosted a holiday party for 40 low-income children last month. The party, held in a community center decorated to look like the North Pole, featured lunch, a candy station, and the opportunity to meet Santa.
As a reminder, CLPHA’s Education Working Group is holding our bi-annual update session at 2:00 PM ET on Tuesday, January 15. This update session will give members the opportunity to share their efforts and initiatives to date and receive feedback. This is intended to be a reporting-out session with additional connecting “offline” for CLPHA members only. CLPHA members can email Mica O’Brien to join the webinar at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you can join us!
In this December 27, 2018 article by Bruce Japsen for Forbes.com, CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman discusses the importance of cross-sector collaborations between housing and health care to improve life outcomes for low-income families and seniors.