The Integration of Housing and Healthcare Services
The initiative sets three main goals to achieve by 2025
These goals will be implemented in each of the five agencies that comprise the pilot group: Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM); Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL); Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada; Catholic Charities of Portland; Catholic Charities Eastern Washington. The initiative assumes the collaboration of local arch/dioceses, Catholic health systems and other partners such as financial institutions and governmental agencies.
Serving people, particularly those who are poor and vulnerable, continues to be the focus of our ministry. That’s why we don’t fit people into our programs. We build programs to help people.
Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD
President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA
FIVE PILOT AGENCIES
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM)
CCSEM is a proud member of the CCUSA Healthy Housing Initiative pilot group. We will work to reduce chronic homelessness by 20 percent in our city through permanent supportive housing that includes wrap around case management and health services for these persons.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL)
CCSTL and St. Patrick Center will also partner with local and national affordable housing and health care organizations to improve identification and support for our most vulnerable citizens, especially those who are chronically homeless.
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada is proud to be at the forefront of making a meaningful change in reducing the chronically homeless population in our community. Together with the Diocese of Las Vegas, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and Catholic Health Systems will develop an initial project offering 50-75 housing units that will provide wraparound services onsite.
Catholic Charities of Portland
Catholic Charities of Portland looks forward to reducing chronic homelessness in Multnomah County and the Portland metropolitan area through permanent supportive housing that includes wraparound case management and health services for these vulnerable households. At the same time, we remain committed to serving a broad continuum of housing needs, with over 800 existing affordable housing units in the Portland area and across Western Oregon.
Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
In Spokane we have come to the realization that the future of our work to serve the poorest of the poor is profoundly connected to our ability to engage and integrate our services with health care systems. We continue to make intentional connections to show hospitals, health insurance companies and others in the world of medicine the many ways that Catholic Charities programs that stabilize fragile people can also help their bottom lines with utilization aversion. Above all else, we help the most important bottom line for them and for us – the dignity of every human person.
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