Optimizing Health and Housing Partnerships Toolkit

Nearly all Federally Qualified Health Centers in the United States are now screening patients on Social Determinants or Drivers of Health (SDOH). In 2022, there are over 1.3 million patients experiencing homelessness served in FQHCs and a further 521,299 experiencing housing insecurity. As health centers advance efforts to address this, the role of front-line staff is vital for managing referral networks and connecting patients with those resources. However, partnerships between health and housing systems remain limited in scale and many health center staff report challenges with securing leadership support and added capacity necessary to managing partnerships and referral networks. To address this need, CSH has developed a Health and Housing Partnerships Toolkit to assist health centers to engage with the housing sector.

This toolkit contains resources including specific action steps to take and detailed, practical information on the most common housing programs and how to access them. With this information, health centers will have the knowledge to navigate the housing sector and build internal support for deep, more sustainable partnerships addressing SDOH.  

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