Access to quality, affordable and stable housing is a key social determinant of health that can have a significant impact on health outcomes. To help address the housing and health care needs of low-income New Yorkers, OneCity Health is proud to partner with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NYC, which recently received a grant from the New York State Health Foundation to improve housing stability and quality, and therefore health outcomes, by connecting health care and housing through effective partnerships and referrals between Performing Provider System (PPS) entities and community based organizations (CBOs).
Over the next year, LISC will establish collaborations between PPS such as OneCity Health and NYU Langone Brooklyn and CBOs, with a focus on residents in specific communities in Brooklyn and Queens that experience disproportionate rates of housing problems.
Using community health needs assessments and other data sources, LISC will evaluate the existing housing conditions of select neighborhoods and identify the housing services most likely to have a positive impact on the health outcomes for their residents. LISC will develop a collaborative structure for PPSs and CBOs that recommends health and housing referral methods for their respective workflows, along with approaches to track and make client referrals to one another.
The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a plan that combines housing services, referral systems, and data sharing, and identifies potential funding streams from the health care system to sustain this work.
Key partners in this effort include:
- Performing Provider Systems: OneCity Health and NYU Langone Brooklyn
- Community Based Organizations: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), Make the Road New York (MRNY) and RiseBoro Community Partnership (RiseBoro)
- New York Academy of Medicine, which will support the project evaluation
- NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Managed Care Organizations
OneCity Health is committed to improving the health of our communities by addressing the social determinants of health. We look forward to partnering with LISC and its other collaborators to make this effort a success!