Permanent Housing Reduces Health Care Costs

Exploring the Intersection Between
Housing & Health Care

Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing and Health CareThe Center for Outcomes Research & Education (CORE) and Enterprise have released a study entitled Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing and Health Care.

The Portland, Oregon study investigates the link between affordable housing and health care.

The study’s sample included 145 housing properties that fell under three different categories:

  • family housing (FAM),
  • permanent supportive housing (PSH), and
  • housing for seniors and people with disabilities (SPD).

CORE found that when Medicaid patients moved into one of the housing properties included in the study, their health care experience changed dramatically.

The key findings included:

  • Costs to health care systems were lower after people moved into affordable housing,
  • Primary care visits increased after move-in; emergency room visits decreased,
  • Residents reported that access to care and quality of care improved after moving into housing, and
  • Integrated health services were a key driver of health care outcomes.

Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing & Health Care