CSH is proud of our longstanding partnership with UnitedHealthcare, and the work we are doing together to promote new collaborations and innovations between leaders in the healthcare and housing sectors.
CSH engages UnitedHealthcare, as trailblazers in several aspects of health services, through the lens of our expertise on supportive and affordable housing models, including our Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) initiative. We continue to build our joint communications and coordination to further other possibilities for healthcare and supportive housing partnerships.
Last year for example, UnitedHealthcare was a key investor in Los Angeles County’s Just In Reach (JIR) Pay for Success program, a new health-based housing program that will reduce jail recidivism and help end homelessness among people experiencing repeat jail stays. Over the next 3 1/2 years, JIR is placing 300 homeless individuals currently in custody within the county jail, and who have a mental health and/or substance-use disorder, into supportive housing.
“United Healthcare is investing in an innovative program that will give people access to quality supportive housing and help them live healthier lives,” said Bob Oberrender, Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, UnitedHealth Group, which through its UnitedHealthcare business has committed more than $19 million to support affordable-housing programs in Los Angeles County in 2017. “Through partnerships like JIR we can help make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and their families affected by homelessness as a result of recidivism.”
In addition to direct investment, UnitedHealthcare is instrumental in fostering opportunities where housing and healthcare agencies and advocates can come together to find common ground, and formulate goals that advance supportive housing and better care for vulnerable populations.
UnitedHealthcare has been a sustaining sponsor of CSH regional conferences focused on housing-healthcare alliances and cooperative actions, including a very successful series of events held annually in Texas until 2017. They also are one of the marquee sponsors of our national CSH Summit 2018, being held in Los Angeles this June 5, 6 and 7.