Sidney Bond and Nathan Thomas_ADJ

EXCERPT: “More health care organizations are making that connection between housing and health. Hospitals subsidize apartments for the homeless in Chicago, Orlando and Portland. Insurer United Healthcare has invested millions of dollars in affordable housing projects in Michigan and Wisconsin. And last month Kaiser Permanente, the health care and insurance giant, announced a $200 million investment in affordable housing. ‘The real significance is you’ve got a major corporation saying it’s within our business interests to recognize this relationship,’ said Kevin Lindamood, CEO of Health Care for the Homeless in Maryland. ‘We are confident that that kind of thinking will catch on.’ Several studies have shown the economic benefit of supportive housing, for example a program in Los Angeles saved the county 20 percent on medical and social services for those who got housing, after factoring in the cost of the program.” FULLSTORY: