Affordable housing barriers are one of many discriminatory policies and systems that prevent formerly incarcerated individuals from re-entering society and thriving. The Riverside County Department of Public Health partnered with the community-based organization Starting Over Inc. through the Power-Building Partnerships for Health pilot project to advance health equity by reducing housing discrimination for formerly incarcerated populations and changing dominant narratives about the justice system.
Arnold X. Perkins Award
Since 2012, Monterey County Health Department (MCHD) has been using Health in All Policies (HiAP) framework with a Collective Impact approach to intentionally expand upstream work on social determinants, including staffing and funding support for a department ‘backbone’.
The Alameda County Public Health Department application highlighted their work on housing inequities, which includes issues of habitability (e.g., code enforcement), affordability (e.g., rent increases) and access (e.g., resident displacement), focused particularly in low-income communities in Oakland.