NHF has been a proud partner in the State of California’s crucial Project Roomkey initiative, which sought to secure up to 15,000 hotel and motel rooms in a coordinated effort to provide safe, temporary housing for Californians experiencing homelessness and help slow the spread of the virus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NHF successfully oversaw the development of a 92-bed Project Roomkey site that offered recuperative care for individuals needing medical support at a critical time in the pandemic. Through this work, NHF provided 62,761 safe shelter nights in 2020 alone and has already transitioned 42% of its Project Roomkey guests to permanent or permanent supportive housing.
NHF’s recuperative care facilities are designed through a health equity lens to prioritize not just the health and wellness of its guests, but the larger interconnected community: in 2020, NHF saved the healthcare system over $10.3 million in cost savings through recuperative care and transitioned 44% of its recuperative care facility guests to stable housing options after an 18-day average length of stay.
As a powerful advocate for policies and programs that remove entrenched barriers faced by communities of color in accessing quality outdoor spaces, NHF played a vital role in ensuring $22 million per year in funding will be made available to eliminate park inequities in park-poor, low-income neighborhoods through its work with Park Equity Alliance.
2021 Nonprofit of the Year Honoree: National Health Foundation