Kaiser Permanente

For Kaiser Permanente, a person’s health is tied to both economic and housing security. Mortality rates among people experiencing chronic homelessness are three to four times higher than that of the general population. Without a safe, stable place to live, it is nearly impossible to maintain one’s health or sustain health improvements in a medical setting. 

In early 2019, Community Solutions and Kaiser Permanente began an ambitious partnership to support ending chronic and veteran homelessness in communities in their shared footprint across the United States. 

As of 2020, 25 Kaiser Permanente communities are working with Built for Zero. In seven states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente community health professionals work directly with the Built for Zero movement to identify and leverage resources and opportunities to make meaningful reductions in homelessness. 

In 2019, Kaiser Permanente and Community Solutions also forged a partnership with the state of Colorado to end chronic homelessness. Four Kaiser Permanente communities are represented in Built for Zero’s Large Cities cohort, a network of 8 cities focused on reducing veteran homelessness. 

Rosanne Haggerty, CS President John Vu: VP at Kaiser (CS core partner) Richard Cho, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Housing and Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deena Chisholm, Director of Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research at the Nationwide Children's Hospital
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Bakersfield reached functional zero for chronic homelessness
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Bakersfield, Kern County, and Built for Zero are featured in “The Way Home” documentary.
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The CARES Act includes $12.4 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as an injection of funding for individuals, businesses, states, and local governments.
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