Development Brings Together Housing and Health Partners to Close the Homeownership Affordability Gap

On May 24, 2021, NPHS, Dignity Health, and the City of San Bernardino celebrated the groundbreaking of 10 homes that will be built to offer affordable homeownership opportunities for working families. This partnership brings together housing and health partners to help close the homeownership affordability gap for families with lower incomes.

The development of these homes is part of a broader innovation strategy to revitalize neighborhoods in the City of San Bernardino by using off-site construction to transform scattered vacant and blighted lots into vibrant residential communities. The delivery of the first home took place last month.

“Using off-site construction allows us to build quality and highly energy-efficient homes faster and at a lower cost,” says NPHS President and CEO Clemente Arturo Mojica. “With the cost of developing site-built homes skyrocketing, factory-built homes are a viable option for economies of scale, especially when developing scattered lots,” says Mojica.

Funding from Dignity Health made this development possible as part of its mission to promote better health through housing stability and affordability. Housing is one of the best-researched social determinants of health, and selected housing interventions for low-income people have been found to improve health outcomes and decrease health care costs. Housing stability, quality, safety, and affordability affect health outcomes, including neighborhood physical and social characteristics. This nexus between health and housing and the innovation of using factory-built technology to produce more quality affordable housing at lower cost attracted Dignity Health to the development.

“We see the health consequences of housing unaffordability in our clinics and emergency departments,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire. “We all need a clean and safe home that we can afford in order to live a healthy life. Dignity Health has been serving the people of San Bernardino for more than a century, and we know that the investments we make today in sustainable housing will help build a healthier community for generations to come.”

NPHS’ partnership with San Bernardino to revitalize vacant lots throughout the city began in 2017. This new development marks the second phase of construction utilizing factory-built housing to transform blighted lots into affordable homeownership opportunities for families with low incomes. In addition to providing the land for the developments, the city also providing funding to address some of the onsite and off-site improvements needed to revitalize the lots.

“I applaud NPHS and Dignity Health for partnering with our City to provide quality housing homes for San Bernardino working families,” said Mayor John Valdivia. “Creating more home ownership opportunities for local residents is a critical step in building a stronger economic future for San Bernardino.”

This collaboration offers homeowners, local government, and health partners the opportunity to experience the many benefits of manufactured housing over traditional site-built construction. We are grateful for our partnership with Dignity Health and the City of San Bernardino, “says Mojica.

About NPHS

NPHS is a nonprofit community development organization part of the Neighborworks® Network which is dedicated to building equitable communities by creating innovative housing and economic solutions that advance the well-being of people, vitality of neighborhoods, creation of jobs and sustainability of the environment. NPHS accomplishes its mission through Affordable Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Wealth Building and Preservation, Environmental Sustainability, and Job Creation and Preservation. Please visit www.nphsinc.org for further information.

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health is a multi-state nonprofit network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 42 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care-centers, including community hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. Dignity Health is a part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit health system committed to advancing health for all people and dedicated to serving the common good. For more information, please visit our website at www.DignityHealth.org.

About Dignity Health Southern California

Dignity Health Southern California’s six hospitals have one common goal: to provide compassionate, high-quality health care in a safe and healing environment. Our acute care, nonprofit hospitals provide services in Los Angeles, Glendale, Northridge, Long Beach, and San Bernardino and share a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health. All of the Dignity Health Southern California facilities have been recognized for quality care, safety, premier surgical services, technologically-advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, comprehensive home health services, and a wide variety of community benefit programs. Visit dignityhealth.org/SoCal for more information.