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The mission of CreativEmpowers is to build diverse, interdependent communities where participants are socially, emotionally, physically, and economically empowered to be successful citizens. 

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Help make affordable housing available and provide supportive services!

Permanent, supportive housing services are needed in Santa Fe, NM to improve the quality of life of many low- and medium-income residents at risk of housing instability. Having a home is the key to healthy families and healthy individuals.  Did you know?

  • Supportive, affordable housing for people with mobility impairments and who are chronically disabled reduces  Medicaid related  costs.1
  • There is a critical link between stable, decent, and affordable housing and positive health outcomes.2
  • Support and Service At Home (SASH) with an integrated health focus on preventative care promotes positive aging.
  • When veterans at risk receive supportive housing with medical and mental health services, homelessness is decreased and hospitalizations are reduced. 
  • Secure housing is critical for positive mental health.
  • Improved housing outcomes improve adult and child well-being, decrease economic stress on families and society, and increases food security.
  • Holistic support services coordinated with affordable housing decrease the high cost of hospitalization and the number of hospitalizations for homeless. [A supportive housing facility in San Francisco expects to save $1.6 million in health care costs due to reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits in the first year].
  • When quality housing choices are missing, many people experience housing instability and live in substandard conditions that exacerbate illness and strain public resources. 
  • People living in improved housing conditions take less time off work and school.
  • Stable and affordable housing supports mental health by limiting stressors related to financial burden or frequent moves.
  • Affordable housing can serve as a platform for providing supportive services to improve the health of vulnerable populations, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and homeless individuals and families. 
  • Affordable housing can improve health outcomes by freeing up family resources for nutritious food and health care expenditures.2
  • Children in low-income families that receive housing subsidies are more likely to have access to adequate nutrition and meet "well child" criteria. 2
  • Affordable housing provides residential stability, reduces stress and related adverse health outcomes. 2
  • Homeless children are more vulnerable to mental health problems, developmental delays, poor cognitive outcomes, and depression.2
  • Improved mental health outcomes and a reduction in the number of days hospitalized among formerly homeless adults are associated with stable housing conditions.
  • Housing instability, including frequent moves, living in doubled-up housing, eviction, and foreclosure are all related to elevated stress levels, depression, and hopelessness.2
  • Length of tenure is associated with lower levels of depression among seniors and fewer externalized behavioral issues such as anxiety and aggression among adolescents. 2b
  • Residential instability and multiple moves among adolescents and children have a compounding negative effect upon behavior and mental well-being. 
  • Youth transitioning out of the foster care system are at high risk of housing instability and negative health incomes.
  • Children under three years who have moved 2 or more times within the previous year have lower weight for their age and are at greater risk of developmental problems. 2d
  • Adolescents have a significant association between early use of illicit drugs and moving four or more times before the age of 16. 2e
  • Less sever manifestations of housing instability, such as difficulty keeping up with utility bills, mortgage payments, or home repairs, may be linked to lower levels of psychological well-being and more intensive use of medical services, particularly among men. 2f
  • Housing insecurity can lead to stress-related health issues such as hypertension, heart disease, anxiety, and depression. 
  • Substandard housing puts residents at risk of lead poisoning, asthma, and accidental injuries. 2g
  • Challenges posed by homelessness may increase the likelihood that individuals who struggle with drug abuse and addiction will engage in risky behaviors, further jeopardizing their health. 2h
  • It is easier to access social services, seek employment, and maintain continuity of medical care in stable housing. 2i
  • Clustering of concentrations of social disadvantage, residential disorder, and limited resources exacerbate stress and affect physical health. Living in safer neighborhoods reduces adult obesity, mental health problems, psychological distress, depression, and generalized anxiety, and lowers rates of smoking and marijuana use. 
  • Social cohesion in neighborhoods has been shown to be strongly correlated with mental well-being 2j and better physical health. 2k Strong cohesion can promote social interactions through public spaces and facilities.
  • Access to affordable housing reduces crowding which can have a negative impact on physical health through exposure to infectious diseases. 
  • Access to affordable housing allows survivors of domestic violence to escape abusive homes and can improve mental health and physical safety. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children in the US with incidence of abuse worsening during periods of economic downturn. The rate of women returning to their abusers increases during times of reduced affordable housing availability.
  • Affordable housing can help survivors of domestic violence escape physical and mental health trauma caused by abuse and avoid the health risks associated with homelessness. 
  • Utilizing green building techniques to increase energy efficiency and environmental sustainability can yield direct health benefits by minimizing exposure to pollutants, pests, and toxins. 
  • Accessible housing  linked to supportive services and utilizing universal design enables older adults and persons with mobility limitations to live safely in their homes by providing health-related services on site. 
  • Safe, adequate, and affordable housing is not just shelter but an investment in good health for low-income households. 2

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