Supportive Housing as Healthcare

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The BrookOn June 4, 2014, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show focused on the connection between supportive housing and healthcare.

This was a follow-up from a morning news report on by WNYC reporter Amanda Aronczyk, that takes a look at whether housing should be considered healthcare.

New York State thinks so, and is funding ‘supportive housing’ through the state’s Medicaid program. Brenda Rosen, executive director of Common Ground, joined the conversation to discuss Common Ground’s role in developing ‘supportive housing including The Brook.

Rosen makes a compelling case for the cost effectiveness of using Medicaid funding for supportive housing.

They estimate the cost of those services at $56,000 a year. The cost of living at The Brook per person? $24,000.

“That we, as a society, are paying for somebody to be on the streets — versus coming in to an apartment in a supportive housing building like The Brook . . . .,” said Brenda Rosen, of Common Ground, the organization that manages Encarnacion’s building.

The problem, however, is that there is not enough supportive housing for all the people who need it, and Federal funding for housing has been decreasing for years. So the question for New York State is: How will we pay for it?

New York State is investing $260 million of state Medicaid savings over the next two years. But the federal government won’t match it.

WNYC is running a series that explores health and healthcare in The Bronx.

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