UnitedHealthcare and Chicanos Por La Causa to Help Arizonans Access Quality Affordable Housing and Services that Support Health and Wellness
UnitedHealthcare provides access to $20 million in capital to help Chicanos Por La Causa create an affordable, multifamily housing complex and deliver support services to residents
PHOENIX (Feb. 11, 2016) – UnitedHealthcare and Arizona’s largest nonprofit community-development organization, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), are partnering to help Phoenix-area low- and moderate-income individuals and families access quality, affordable housing – an essential component of good health.
The partnership is part of a pilot program by UnitedHealthcare called myConnectionsTM, which was developed to provide low-income individuals and families with access to essential social, medical and behavioral services that can have a significant impact on health and quality of life.
Through the partnership, UnitedHealthcare has committed to provide CPLC access to up to $20 million in capital to acquire, develop and operate multifamily housing units in the Phoenix area, and to offer and administer a variety of need-based services to residents. The first complex, which houses 351 units, was purchased using the capital in West Phoenix. The partnership with CPLC will combine affordable housing with onsite residential social-support services.
“Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, educational barriers and financial constraints can prevent many people from living healthier lives. By removing these barriers, we can help people improve their health, strengthen communities and help governments manage resources more effectively,” said Austin Pittman, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community & State. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with Chicanos Por La Causa to provide people with clean, safe housing as well as tools and resources to help them make healthy choices.”
“For close to 50 years, Chicanos Por La Causa has helped Phoenix residents achieve financial security and fulfill their educational and life goals,” said David Adame, president and CEO of CPLC. “Today, we are thrilled to be partnering with UnitedHealthcare to expand our services to promote healthier living in our communities.”
CPLC is the largest community development corporation in Arizona, and provides integrated programs and services related to economic development, education, health and human services, and housing. The organization is focused on providing tailored and culturally sensitive and multilingual support to individuals and families with low or moderate income.
Through its Affordable Housing Investment Program, UnitedHealthcare has provided more than $230 million in financing for community development projects throughout the United States and is continuing to identify new community investment and partnership opportunities that align with its mission of helping people live healthier lives.
UnitedHealthcare is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which has more than 6,800 employees in Arizona and serves more than 1.8 million Arizonans through UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored, Medicare, TRICARE, health exchange and Medicaid health benefit plans.
About Chicanos Por La Causa
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation (CDC) that provides services in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Since 1969, CPLC has been changing lives by developing self-sufficiency and instilling empowerment in those we serve. Our focus areas are economic development, education, housing, and social services. CPLC provides a better life through offering business and employment opportunities; ensuring everyone has the solid foundation of an education; providing hope through a pathway of recovery, restoration, and resiliency; and ensuring that a safe, secure, affordable home is available to every individual we serve. Today, we have 48 programs & services, 900 employees, and 60 offices, making CPLC one of the largest Hispanic non-profits in the nation and one of the leading organizations in Arizona. For more information, visit www.CPLC.org
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.