October 1, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives $1.011M Federal Investment to Support Pay for Success Projects

New program will assess feasibility of asthma-related PFS projects benefiting low-income children in five U.S. cities 

For information on all award winners, view CNCS' press release here.

Washington, DC, October 1, 2014—The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) today announced that Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), formerly known as the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, received $1.011 million in investments, the results of a highly competitive open grant competition. Announced at an event co-hosted by the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, SIF and the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown Unversity, the investment aims to advance and evaluate emerging models that align payment for social services with verified social outcomes. This award to GHHI and its collaboration partner, the Calvert Foundation, will assess feasibility of asthma-related Pay for Success (PFS) projects benefitting low-income children who suffer from the disease.

Five years into the initiative launched by President Obama in 2009, the Social Innovation Fund and its non-federal partners have committed to invest more than $700 million in effective community solutions. Including the grants announced today, the SIF portfolio now represents a $243 million federal investment in partnership with 35 intermediaries in 37 states and Washington, DC. This modest federal investment is expected to leverage more than $540 million in non-federal match commitments.

The SIF is about finding solutions that work and making them work for more people. PFS is another critical tool to support this mission. In 2014 Congress approved the SIF competition to test PFS approaches. SIF will share lessons learned throughout the PFS project period in order to enhance knowledge in the field and answer questions about the effectiveness of this approach.

“We are honored to be among SIF’s first-ever Pay for Success grantees, and incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” said Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI President & CEO. “Together with our partners at the Calvert Foundation, we will assist regions throughout the country in finding home-based, patient-centric solutions for low-income children with asthma. Seven million children in the United States suffer from this condition and research shows that 40 percent of asthma episodes are attributable to home-based environmental health hazards. Currently no federal healthcare programs provide resources to support the remediation of environmental home-based asthma triggers, which makes this an ideal opportunity for transformational impact through PFS. Our program’s objective is to help ensure kids are healthy, ready to learn in school and able to reach their full potential.”

“The thriving community of the future will be one where business, government and nonprofits work together to discover innovative, effective solutions and tap new sources of capital to help these solutions grow,” said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, CNCS Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer at Time Warner Inc. “I am proud that CNCS and the Social Innovation Fund are helping to usher in this new era by providing the resources, expertise and evaluation needed to catalyze action and results.”

In 2015, GHHI will conduct a nationwide, open competition for healthcare organizations and nonprofit service providers that are constructing asthma-related PFS projects. One health care entity, acting as a private payor, and one service provider will be selected in five US cities, for a total of 10 sub-recipients. Those selected will receive technical assistance from GHHI and Calvert to advance the proposed projects. This program will be based on the asthma-focused PFS project that is being explored in Baltimore, MD by a partnership among GHHI, the Calvert Foundation and a large local health system.

“Calvert Foundation is excited to be partnering with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to help scale their great work across the country,” said Jennifer Pryce, President & CEO of Calvert Foundation. “GHHI’s evidence-based healthy homes intervention has an unbelievable impact on low-income families by reducing in-home triggers for child asthma, improving school and work attendance and lowering energy costs, all while generating significant savings in our healthcare system by shifting the focus from emergency remediation to prevention. We could not be more grateful that the Social Innovation Fund is allowing us to jointly explore sustainable social financing solutions, like Pay for Success, to ensure that GHHI has the flexible funding it needs to provide services to families for decades to come.”

This first-ever cohort will help to expand diversity in the PFS field, in terms of geographic reach, social issue area and approach. All of the grantees focus on Pay for Success projects in the areas of youth development, economic opportunity and healthy futures.

“We could not be more enthusiastic about our inaugural class of Pay for Success grantees,” said Michael D. Smith, Director of the Social Innovation Fund. “They represent a diverse group of highly effective organizations and social enterprises at the cutting edge of social financing and innovation. Their work will lead to one of the largest scale and most comprehensive, demonstration projects of when, why and how Pay for Success can be a powerful catalyst to sustain effective solutions to challenges facing communities in greatest need.”

About Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative® (GHHI®) is a national nonprofit dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy residents. Formerly the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, GHHI replaces stand-alone housing intervention programs with an integrated, whole-house approach that produces sustainable green, healthy and safe homes. As a result, we are improving health, economic and social outcomes for families across the country.

With support from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Energy (DOE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council on Foundations and numerous philanthropic partners, GHHI serves as the national model for green and healthy homes interventions, and has produced more than 5,000 GHHI housing units nationwide. GHHI continues to increase its impact across 17 sites: Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Dubuque, Flint, Jackson, Lansing, Lewiston Auburn, New Haven, Philadelphia, Providence, Salt Lake and San Antonio. Learn more at www.ghhi.org or follow us @HealthyHousing.

About Corporation or National and Community Services
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and champions community solutions through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The SIF invests in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures and youth development.

In just a few years the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and our private-sector partners have invested more than $700 million in compelling community solutions ― $243 million in federal grants plus $540 million in non-federal match commitments in 35 intermediary grantees and 217 nonprofits in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

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