Three major health care organizations serving the Puget Sound region plan to donate a total of $15 million to Plymouth Housing, a Seattle organization that provides permanent housing and support services to the homeless.
Swedish Health Services, Providence St. Joseph Health and Premera Blue Cross have agreed to donate $5 million each to Plymouth, which owns and operates 14 buildings in Seattle that collectively have more than 1,000 apartment units.
“There is growing awareness within the health care community of the vital intersection between housing and health,” says Mike Butler, president of operations and services at Providence St. Joseph Health. “Those who experience homelessness often suffer from chronic physical and mental health conditions at higher rates, and face added barriers to receiving care.”
Executives from the three health care organizations also issued a challenge to other local business leaders to take meaningful action to address the homelessness crisis by committing time, talent and financial resources.
“These health care leaders believe in working together to identify and invest in lasting housing solutions,” adds Plymouth Housing Chief Executive Officer Paul Lambros. “We are creating permanent, supportive housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.”