NHPF Annual Report 2022: Supporting Affordable Housing

Supporting Affordable Housing

A RECENT ARTICLE highlighted the fact that although the federal government has in recent years spent trillions of dollars to help stabilize the lives of those living at or close to the poverty line, a mere fraction of that federal funding has gone towards one of the most critical stabilizers in this societal equation—on-site support services for residents of affordable housing properties. The Fiscal Year 2023 omnibus spending package includes $2.5M for the Department of Health and Human Services to stand up a resident services demonstration in federally assisted housing. This was based on a larger proposal that Stewards of Affordable Housing of the Future (SAHF)—of which NHP Foundation is a member—had advocated for in the previous Congress. SAHF later met with HHS staff working on the demonstration, and has made recommendations to ensure nonprofit housing providers are eligible for grant funding and that the eligible service activities are resident-centered. Admittedly, this is a very small one-year pilot program but we are encouraged by this government action as all of our research and experience points to the same conclusion: where you live matters—how you live matters more! Therefore, in 2022 we acted to leverage funding from partners and other sources to provide, and in some cases offset, the cost of critical resident and supportive services. • Anacostia Gardens: In Washington, DC, United Healthcare invested in Anacostia Gardens, a 100-unit development. UHC’s $8.08M low-income housing tax credit investment supported this affordable housing project as part of the company’s commitment to advance health equity in underserved communities. United Healthcare has also provided mobile wellness events on-site for residents and is looking at providing more resident health opportunities in the future. •  Covent Apartments: Renaissance Social Services will provide clinical care and housing services at Covent Apartments in Chicago, 30 one- and two- bedroom supportive housing apartments. • 17 Mississippi: The DC Department of Human Services working jointly with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), and the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) is providing $55k in funding for additional permanent supportive housing (PSH) services at the property. • Rasmus-Temenos: The Rasmus-Temenos Community Development Corporation will offer mental health and drug abuse intervention services at Rasmus-Temenos, 95 units of permanent supportive housing in Houston. Additionally, the award-winning NHPF Symposium, now entering its seventh year, raises money to fund Operation Pathways services at 17 NHPF properties. To date the event has raised nearly $3M. We at NHPF are proud of these accomplishments and grateful for the support of our partners.


Richard F. Burns, Chief Executive Officer


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