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Good Housing Good Health

 

Good Housing = Good Health Program

Through the Good Housing = Good Health program, community residents are provided with housing resources. Having a secure place to live is good for both physical and mental health wellbeing. By investing resources into housing access and stabilization services, the Good Housing = Good Health Program aims to holistically serve individuals and families, improving quality of life and contributing to healthier, more resilient communities.

Program Goals:

  • Increasing housing access: The program will improve housing access for eligible households, particularly those that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
  • Providing education and resources: Educational resources and support will be provided to prevent the loss of housing, ensuring individuals and families have the tools needed to secure and maintain safe and affordable housing.
  • Strengthening health and well-being: The program aims to enhance the health and well-being of households facing the highest barriers to securing and maintaining safe, affordable housing.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in collaboration with local health partners across Michigan launched the Good Housing = Good Health program on October 1, 2023. The program term is October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024. Addition funding will be sought to continue efforts.

Multi-sector Collaboration

As part of the overarching SDOH Strategy, multisector collaboration is critical to supporting community-led efforts. By partnering with MSHDA, the MDHHS Policy and Planning Office has established the Good Housing = Good Health Program to increase and promote housing stabilization resources and services across the state. Funding has been provided to local health partners to hire and retain community health workers (also known as navigators) who will proactively seek opportunities to connect Michigan residents to housing resources and services. This effort showcases the importance of collaborative partnerships in creating healthier and thriving communities.

Resources/Services being provided.

Good Housing = Good Health offers a wide range of SDOH and housing services including housing stabilization, navigation and outreach services, referrals, emergency shelter diversion services, MI Bridges benefits assistance and other outreach services that will be administered by MDHHS in partnership with local health departments and community-based organizations.

Participating Local Health Partners

  • Allegan County Health Department
  • Barry-Eaton Health Department
  • City of Detroit Health Department
  • Ingham County Health Department
  • Kent County Health Department
  • Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance
    • Benzie Leelanau
    • Central District Michigan
    • District Health Department #2
    • District Health Department #4
    • District Health Department #10
    • Grand Travers County Health Department
    • Health Department of NW Michigan
  • Muskegon County Health Department
  • Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
  • Thumb Alliance
    • Sanilac Health Department
    • Huron Health Department
    • Lapeer Health Department
    • Tuscola Health Department
  • Greater Flint Health Coalition

How to connect with resources

Community members can access resources and other information by connecting with participating organizations in their communities using the list above. For a directory of local health departments, visit https://www.malph.org/resources/directory.

Funding source

The Good Housing= Good Health program, awarded through the Michigan Housing Community Development Fund (HCDF) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), is a federal funded program utilizing United States Department of the Treasury American Rescue Plan (ARP) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF).

Resources

  1. MDHHS SDOH strategy
  2. Michigan’s Statewide Housing Plan
  3. Good Housing = Good Health Press Release
  4. MSHDA Housing Help Resource Guide