The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced grants totaling $5.9 million in support of community-generated multisector solutions focused on improving housing affordability and health, well-being, and health equity in low-income communities.
Recipients of the grants will use the funds to accelerate practices that connect the housing and health sectors, with a focus on patients' needs, children's health, housing-related conditions such as asthma and lead poisoning, the prevention of chronic diseases, and social determinants of health such as trauma, stress, and mental health issues.
Grantees include the Dallas-based American Heart Association; the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement; the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership; the Berkeley Media Studies Group in California; Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.; Chicanos Por La Causa in Maricopa, Arizona; the Connecticut Fair Housing Center in Hartford; Homes for All South in New York City; the Hope Community in Minneapolis; Latino Health Access in Santa Ana, California; Make the Road NY in New York City; the Boston-based Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance; the Miami Workers Center; Neighborhood Developers in Chelsea, Massachusetts; Partnership for the Public Good in Buffalo, New York; PolicyLink in Oakland, California; Right to the City in New York City; Vanguard Community Development in Detroit; West Harlem Environmental Action in New York City; and the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments in Washington state.
"Housing, particularly for low- and moderate-income households, is an important platform for individuals and families to achieve health, well-being, and economic stability," said Stacey Barbas, the foundation's senior health program officer. "The most effective solutions will emerge when community members have the tools, power, and support they need to influence the public and private systems that shape their lives."