CVS Health® (NYSE: CVS) reaffirmed its commitment to addressing housing insecurities and increasing access to health care services in underserved communities by investing $185 million in affordable housing in 2021. These investments are part of the company’s efforts to advance health equity nationwide and will support the development and rehabilitation of more than 6,570 affordable housing units in 64 cities across 28 states and Washington, DC.
As a result of the company's affordable housing investment strategy in 2021, CVS Health will help provide underserved communities with quality housing, economic support and educational training opportunities based on the unique needs of the population.
The investments include funding to help build 736 permanent supportive housing (PSH) units, providing stable homes for individuals and families who may be experiencing homelessness, individuals with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, youth aging out of foster care, victims of domestic violence, people in need of behavioral health or addiction treatment and individuals challenged by similar life and health situations.
PSH residents will also receive access to a wide range of services to stabilize and improve their health, including social, behavioral health and addiction recovery services.
“Our longstanding commitment to addressing housing insecurities in our communities is grounded in our purpose to bring our heart to every moment of health,” said David Casey, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. “Through our affordable housing investments and our work with local organizations to provide supportive services, we’re advancing health equity at the community level, helping people live healthier and creating positive change all around them.”
In 2021, CVS Health invested in affordable housing properties and programs across the country, including Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Washington, DC. Examples of these investments include:
$7.7 million for Uptown Sky, a new multifamily apartment home development in Tampa, Florida that will provide 61 homes to local families and individuals with demonstrated need. Residents will have access to on-site supportive services, including computer training, homeownership programs, workforce training and financial management programs.
$9.2 million for 17 Mississippi, a 41-unit affordable housing community in Washington, DC. Residents will be provided with health and well-being resources, including counseling and housing insecurity services, recovery and treatment programs, family and youth services and employment resources.
$11.7 million for Espero Austin at Rutland, a development in Austin, Texas that will provide 171 units of much-needed permanent supportive housing to people experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, people with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities and youth aging out of foster care.
$24.3 million to build 192 affordable housing units for families and seniors along with a federally qualified health care center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
$16.7 million to build Alberta Alive in Portland, Oregon which will include 21 units for families and 31 units for veterans and also provide supportive services to residents.
As the company invests in local affordable housing developments, it is also exploring opportunities to bring other health equity initiatives to those same local communities to make an even greater impact. This includes expanding the reach of its Project Health program in cities across the country. Project Health offers free biometric screenings to help identify chronic conditions before they become life-threatening illnesses.
Affordable housing investments are also part of CVS Health’s new Health Zones initiative which provides concentrated local investments designed to reduce health disparities and advance health equity in high-risk communities. Health Zones address six key social determinants of health: housing, education, access to food, labor, transportation and health care access.
CVS Health's workforce initiatives programs which focus on empowerment, education and training are also being introduced to new markets to help residents achieve meaningful employment opportunities.
CVS Health will continue to look for opportunities to make an impact in communities nationwide through affordable housing initiatives in 2022.
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CVS Health is the leading health solutions company, delivering care like no one else can. We reach more people and improve the health of communities across America through our local presence, digital channels and approximately 300,000 dedicated colleagues — including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Wherever and whenever people need us, we help them with their health — whether that’s managing chronic diseases, staying compliant with their medications, or accessing affordable health and wellness services in the most convenient ways. We help people navigate the health care system — and their personal health care — by improving access, lowering costs and being a trusted partner for every meaningful moment of health. And we do it all with heart, each and every day. Learn more at www.cvshealth.com.