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Kaiser Permanente partners with Community Solutions to end chronic homelessness

Posted at 3:49 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 18:49:25-04

AUSTIN, Texas — Kaiser Permanente announced on Monday a partnership that would help accelerate efforts to end chronic homelessness in 15 communities within Kaiser's national footprint.

The partnership with Community Solutions will provide $3 million over a three-year period to Community Solutions' Built for Zero initiative, which uses real-time data to help local leaders better understand the dynamics of homelessness in their communities.

This initiative enables communities to adopt problem-solving tools to end homelessness.

“Kaiser Permanente is investing in efforts to reduce homelessness and housing insecurity because there is a proven link between housing and health,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “Addressing affordable housing and homelessness is crucial to Kaiser Permanente’s mission to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve, and to advance the economic, social and environmental conditions for health.”

The 15 Kaiser Permanente communities participating in Built for Zero are:

1. Sacramento & Sacramento County, Calif9. Baltimore
2. Marin County, Calif.10. Montgomery County, Md.
3. Richmond & Contra Costa County, Calif.11. Arlington County, Va.
4. Fresno & Madera Counties, Calif.12. Fairfax County, Va.
5. Santa Cruz, Watsonville & Santa Cruz County, Calif.13. Denver
6. Bakersfield & Kern County, Calif.14. Atlanta
7. Riverside County, Calif.15. Honolulu
8. Washington, D.C.