Supportive Housing: Bring Care into Homes
Wednesday, March 21
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Moderator: Mark Cloutier, Program Director, Public Policy, Community Health, and Civic Engagement at The San Francisco Foundation
The environment has a tremendous impact on our health and well-being. In the first two segments we learned that built environment policies and regulations have a deep impact on our health, and that better building materials, coupled with stronger policies, can advance environmental health and social outcomes. In this third segment we will demonstrate that providing supportive housing for the most vulnerable people in our communities helps people live more stable, productive lives, is cost-effective, and creates a better quality of life for all.
Permanent supportive housing has been proven to work well for those who face the most complex challenges-individuals and families who are chronically homeless, have very low incomes, and serious, persistent issues including substance abuse, disabilities, mental illness, or other serious barriers to housing stability. Research shows that supportive housing has consistently proven to have a positive impact on individuals, families, and entire communities, because with stable housing comes the possibility of more stable employment, school attendance, and mental and physical health.
During this final Web Forum you will hear from innovators in the supportive housing field. David Erickson, Manager of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will discuss the policy and fiscal opportunities and challenges presented by the current economic environment. Doug Shoemaker, President of Mercy Housing California, will highlight best practices of supportive housing development partnerships in San Francisco. Lastly, Joshua Bamberger, M.D., Medical Director of Housing and Urban Health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, will present how effective delivery of clinical services, safety, and beauty contribute to improved health outcomes in supportive housing.