Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Compass Housing Alliance Pursue Affiliation to Address the Region’s Growing Affordable Housing Needs

Two mission-aligned non-profits join forces

Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCS Northwest) and Compass Housing Alliance (Compass) have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) for Compass to become an affiliate of LCS Northwest. An affiliation would create one of the region’s largest non-profit alliances providing critical support to people in the lowest income bracket, those experiencing homelessness, and under-served populations in the Pacific Northwest.

“Having Compass affiliate with LCS Northwest is an exciting opportunity for the organizations and Puget Sound,” LCS Northwest President and CEO David Duea said. “Both LCS Northwest and Compass are celebrating 100 years of continuous service and have a similar history of partnering with individuals and families in our community. It is at the heart of what we do.”

Through this affiliation, LCS Northwest will gain connections with 14 supportive affordable housing properties, four enhanced services shelters, a client day center providing mail delivery, banking, showers,

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Fitwel’s New Senior Housing Scorecard Provides Industry Best Practices for Optimizing Resident and Employee Health

Fitwel®, the healthy building certification system operated by The Center for Active Design (CfAD), today announced the launch of a pilot program to establish a Senior Housing scorecard for assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities, helping owners to optimize these essential properties to promote the health and wellness of residents and employees. Fitwel has secured participation from senior housing leaders including Emshih Developments, Willow Valley Communities, and Harrison Street, a leading investment management firm exclusively focused on alternative real assets and its associated operators of senior housing communities, including American Housing Senior Living/REDICO, Dial Senior Living, Engel Burman, Retirement Center Management (RCM), and The Springs Living.

“The Senior Housing scorecard directly translates the strongest research into impactful design and operational strategies, yielding a tool that can both benchmark current assets and inform future capital and operations investments that promote health and wellness and mitigate

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O.C. man sentenced after pretending to be veteran, Purple Heart recipient for health care, housing benefits

A man from Orange was sentenced Thursday after pretending to be a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran and a two-time Purple Heart recipient to fraudulently obtain health care and housing benefits, officials said.

After pleading guilty on June 18 to one count of health care fraud, James Stiles, 43, was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney Central District of California. He was also ordered to pay $167,234 in restitution.

In November 2012, Stiles applied for health care benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by submitting and signing a fraudulent application, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He falsely claimed on the form that he had served in the Marine Corps from 1995 to 2005, and that he was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat.

After enrolling in the health care benefit program, Stiles scheduled and received 692 outpatient treatments

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Fitwel’s New Senior Housing Scorecard Provides Industry Best Practices for Optimizing Resident and Employee Health

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fitwel®, the healthy building certification system operated by The Center for Active Design (CfAD), today announced the launch of a pilot program to establish a Senior Housing scorecard for assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities, helping owners to optimize these essential properties to promote the health and wellness of residents and employees. Fitwel has secured participation from senior housing leaders including Emshih Developments, Willow Valley Communities, and Harrison Street, a leading investment management firm exclusively focused on alternative real assets and its associated operators of senior housing communities, including American Housing Senior Living/REDICO, Dial Senior Living, Engel Burman, Retirement Center Management (RCM), and The Springs Living.

“The Senior Housing scorecard directly translates the strongest research into impactful design and operational strategies, yielding a tool that can both benchmark current assets and inform future capital and operations

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UnitedHealthcare Donates $1 Million to Support Food Security and Housing Programs Offered by Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

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UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, announced today it will contribute $1 million to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) over the next three years to provide vital support to their Meals on Wheels program and Renewing Hope Program for Men.

CCSN will use the funds to provide up to 300 seniors with food deliveries, decreasing the current wait list and increasing food security across Clark County. UnitedHealthcare’s donation will also be used to support the operation of the Renewing Hope Program for Men, which supports homeless men with a desire to gain self-sufficiency.

“Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada proudly serves thousands in need in our community, and we are grateful and humbled by the support of our local donors in order to sustain these invaluable services,” said Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada President and CEO

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Housing Insecurity Predictive of Poor Glycemic Control

People with type 2 diabetes who faced housing insecurity had worse glycemic outcomes, a new study found.

Among adults with type 2 diabetes in Northern California, those who had at least one address change in a year showed significantly higher rates of HbA1c over 9% compared with those with no address change (27.2% vs 21.4%, P=0001), reported Tainayah Thomas, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland.

In an adjusted model, this equated to a 14% higher relative risk of having an HbA1c above 9% (RR 1.14, 95% CI 1.05-1.25), Thomas explained at the virtual European Association for the Study of Diabetes 2020 meeting.

“Implications of our study are that an address change may be an early warning sign of housing insecurity or stress that could be used to trigger screening or other intervention,” she said during a press conference.

Likewise, those with one or more

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CVS Health Invests $13.7 Million to Renovate Low-Income Housing, Fund Community Programs in Columbus

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will invest $13.7 million to help renovate 230 low-income housing units at the Rosewind apartments in Columbus, Ohio. These funds will also be used to make significant improvements to the local community center and support new community programs in the area.

The investment kicks-off the company’s commitment of nearly $600 million over five years to address racial inequality and social determinants of health in Black communities.  This commitment includes an emphasis on increasing access to affordable housing, which is inextricably linked to health.

“When people have access to high-quality, affordable housing, it puts them in a better position to improve their overall wellbeing, including taking care of their health or managing a chronic disease,” said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. “One aspect of our commitment to address racial inequality is addressing

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