For several years, Kaiser Permanente has put housing at the center of its efforts to improve the conditions for health in communities across the United States, because without a safe, stable place to live, it is nearly impossible to maintain or improve health. The organization is leading efforts to end homelessness and preserve affordable housing by making impact investments in affordable housing and economic opportunity, shaping policy, and fostering innovation through partnerships.
Since 2018, Kaiser Permanente has committed $200 million to build and preserve affordable housing for low-income and vulnerable populations across the United States. The organization partnered with Community Solutions’ Built for Zero initiative to speed the end of chronic homelessness in 28 communities in California and across the country, and joined Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment to advocate for pro-housing policy change. And in 2019 Kaiser Permanente partnered with Bay Area Community Services to house 515 aging homeless individuals in Oakland, California.