Kresge’s Health Program launches new funding opportunity to promote housing affordability and quality in U.S. cities

The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program – which seeks to align and integrate systems to better serve the health of people with low incomes – announced today the creation of a new funding opportunity: Advancing Health Equity Through Housing.

As of today, Kresge will begin accepting proposals until the opportunity closes on August 13, 2018. Grant support will be provided in one of two ways:

  1. Planning grants (for up to one year and up to $100,000 in grant support).
  2. General operating support and programmatic grants (for up to two years, and up to $200,000 in grant support per year).

“We’re seeking to identify and accelerate community-led policy and system changes that reduce displacement, segregation and gentrification, as well as support innovative funding strategies that better connect housing and health sectors and recognize multi-sector partnerships that preserve and increase the supply of stable housing for improved health, well-being and health equity in low-income communities,” said Stacey Barbas, senior program officer with the Health Program.

Organizations looking to apply for this grant support should know that Kresge seeks to identify and accelerate community-led policy and system changes that reduce displacement, segregation and gentrification, support innovative funding strategies that better connect housing and health sectors and recognize multi-sector partnerships that preserve and increase the supply of stable housing for improved health, well-being and health equity in low-income communities.

Competitive proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • Address upstream determinants of health.
  • Have a strong community and equity focus.
  • Include multi-sector involvement minimally from health and housing fields and optimally partners from additional sectors.
  • Community resident-level engagement and power building at the policy and/or practice level focused on solutions to one or more health and housing issue such as, but not limited to:
  • Physical and emotional trauma emanating from housing instability.
  • Impact of displacement (fair housing, community planning, etc.).
  • Housing design/quality (addressing health conditions such as lead, asthma).

Proposal submissions must be completed by August 13, 2018. For more information and how to apply, see here.