Housing and homelessness

Supporting housing to improve health

Housing and homelessness

Supporting housing to improve health

Where we live and how we live have a big impact on health and well-being. In many communities across the country, housing is becoming less affordable. This challenge undermines the health of people living in our communities, often forcing them to cut back on meals or postpone needed medical care.

Kaiser Permanente is a leader in joining with partners across industries to improve access to affordable housing.

582,500 people

are homeless in the United States1


home deficit in the United States2


committed by Kaiser Permanente toward housing stability3

At Kaiser Permanente, we believe communities must:

  • Support the building and preservation of affordable housing
  • Identify support for renters and homeowners with low incomes
  • Engage with partners across government and community sectors 

In support of our policy priorities, Kaiser Permanente has: 

  • Advocated at the federal level for low-income housing tax credits that expand access to affordable housing and help keep families in their homes
  • Supported housing bonds at the state and local level that increase the affordable housing supply and aid homelessness programs
  • Encouraged city governments to pass inclusionary zoning policies that promote affordable housing development and reduce segregation


1 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2022.
2 Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2022.
3 Kaiser Permanente, 2023.