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Kaiser expands homelessness efforts with another $3 million

Kaiser Permanente on Monday pledged $3 million to fight homelessness in several Northern California communities, expanding the healthcare giant’s efforts to eradicate the crisis that has swept through its hometown of Oakland and beyond.
Kaiser will partner with Community Solutions’ Built for Zero Initiative, a program that uses data to help local leaders better understand their homeless populations. Kaiser’s funds will go toward communities across the U.S. — including Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Fresno and Madera counties.
Kaiser already has contributed millions toward housing the homeless, mostly in its own backyard. The company contributed $6 million toward the Keep Oakland Housed initiative last year, and has helped support Oakland’s efforts to temporarily house homeless residents in converted Tuff Sheds . In January, Kaiser said it would spend $5.2 million to buy a 41-unit apartment building in Oakland to house the city’s homeless and at-risk residents. And last year Kaiser pledged to invest $200 million over three to five years in affordable housing and supportive services across the country.
“Living without a home can have a dramatic impact on a person’s health, yet many of the communities we serve are grappling with extreme rates of housing insecurity and homelessness,” Dr. Bechara Choucair, Kaiser’s chief community health officer, wrote in a news release . “We know there is no simple solution to such a complex problem, but through strategic partnerships, such as the one with Community Solutions, we believe it can be solved.”
Kaiser announced its latest push against homelessness at the annual South by Southwest music, art and technology conference in Austin, Texas.
Sandra Scherer, executive director of the Concord-based Monument Crisis Center, was enthusiastic about Kaiser’s contribution.
“Great news that Kaiser is putting a spotlight on this very critical issue in our community,” she wrote in an email.
Monument has 950 homeless clients, including seniors and families with children. Thousands more Monument clients barely have a roof over their heads, Scherer wrote. Many can’t afford the basics — food, housing, healthcare and transportation.

People experiencing homelessness stay in hospitals longer because there isn't a safe place for them to go afterward. Medical respite can help the homeless maintain medications, get stable, and get housed, says @BobbyWatts6 @NatlHCHCouncil at #HousingForHealth #SXSW
— Kaiser Permanente (@KPShare) March 11, 2019

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Monday’s announcement is the latest step in Kaiser’s ongoing effort to tackle homelessness as a public health issue. Mortality rates among chronically homeless people are three to four times that of the general population, according to the company’s news release.
In addition to several California locations, Kaiser funds also will flow to communities including Denver, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Honolulu.
“We are thrilled to work with Kaiser Permanente to accelerate Built for Zero in these communities,” Community Solutions president Rosanne Haggerty wrote in the release. “Together, we will use data and analytics to help these communities adopt the tools they need to end homelessness and address the conditions that create it.”

. @choucair shares at #HousingForHealth a partnership with @cmtysolutions to help accelerate efforts to end chronic homelessness in 15 communities within Kaiser Permanente’s national footprint. https://t.co/U1zASh0zSw
— Kaiser Permanente (@KPShare) March 11, 2019

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