Downey, Calif. – During a November 12th tour highlighting four of National CORE’s affordable housing communities in the 40th Congressional District, National CORE Chairman of the Board and founder Jeff Burum proudly presented Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard with the Daniel R. Fauske Award. The congresswoman has been a longtime supporter of affordable housing. She shares National CORE’s belief that housing is a healthcare issue – and that collaboration between the housing and healthcare sectors is necessary to address the housing crisis. Also on the tour was former Congressman Alan Mollohan, now a member of the National CORE Board of Directors, and his wife, Barbara, who have both been close friends with the congresswoman and her husband since their time in congress together.
“The part of the initiative that you [Rep. Roybal-Allard] were so helpful with was the idea, which is science based, of using Medicaid dollars and waivers through HHS to make that applicable to rental subsidies,” Mollohan said on the tour. “The principle being that people who are chronically using emergency rooms are sicker because they don’t have housing, they don’t have that stability in their life.”
On June 29, Roybal-Allard voted to advance legislation that would create more flexibility for how Medicaid dollars can be used, potentially opening the door for Medicaid to be used in the future to help house chronically homeless individuals and families. Following National CORE’s suggestion, Congressmember Roybal-Allard included language in a House Appropriations Committee report directing the Department of Health and Human Services to create a report detailing the ways in which Medicaid funds could be used for affordable housing and resident services.
The connections between healthcare and housing, and potential for cross-sector collaboration, have also been a central point of focus for National CORE President and CEO Steve PonTell.
“Everyone in society deserves to have the opportunity for an affordable home, and society as a whole would benefit greatly from the increased availability of affordable housing options,” said PonTell. “If we get every person in America housed, we will create a much healthier society with longer life expectancy, less emergency room visits, and less taxpayer dollars going towards unpaid medical bills.”
“I thank the team at National CORE for this award and for their dedication to providing affordable housing for those in need,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “Access to affordable housing is directly related to the health of our communities, and I was proud to cast my vote in support of exploring how Medicaid funding could be used to help homeless individuals and families. I also thank National CORE and my friend and former colleague Alan Mollohan for the tour of these affordable housing facilities and for the updates on what National CORE is doing to keep Angelenos housed and healthy.”
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About Hope through Housing
Hope through Housing believes that affordable housing can be a platform for transformational change at the individual and neighborhood level. For more than 20 years, the Hope through Housing Foundation has provided more than 2 million hours of transformational social services helping children and teens achieve success, improving families’ financial well-being, and promoting seniors’ health and wellness. For more information on Hope through Housing, please visit www.hthf.org.