Without a safe place to call home, it’s nearly impossible to focus on basic health and medical needs. Kaiser Permanente is leading efforts to end homelessness and preserve affordable housing by making strategic impact investments, shaping policy, and catalyzing innovative partnerships.
COVID-19 continues to impact social health needs in our communities, and people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity are at increased risk.
Nationwide, people of color are more affected by homelessness and housing insecurity, made worse by the pandemic. The health crisis and economic fallout from the pandemic are hitting low-income and communities of color hardest, and threaten to widen the health equity gap in our country even further. As Kaiser Permanente continues to respond on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are accelerating efforts to increase affordable housing, address homelessness, and advance equity in the communities we serve.
In 2018, Kaiser Permanente established the $200 million Thriving Communities Fund to take on housing instability and homelessness, including creating or contributing to the following funds:
Kaiser Permanente’s multipronged approach to increase affordable housing and address homelessness helps improve the health outcomes of the 68 million people who live in the communities we serve.
As Kaiser Permanente launched a significant investment to address housing insecurity in 2018, the organization partnered with KTF Films and Bread and Butter Films to document and tell stories about the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in California. Kaiser Permanente supported the production of “The Way Home” to deepen understanding, spark dialogue, and illuminate root causes — as well as promising solutions — to the homelessness crisis in California and across the country. This series of short-form documentary films increases visibility of the human side of the epidemic of homelessness. Homelessness is often addressed in terms of the systemic problems at its core, but the lives and people affected by it are often overlooked. Our goal is to elevate the human side of the crisis and we believe this series of films will help deepen understanding of this issue on a broad scale, and serve as a catalyst to help end homelessness in America.