Anthem Blue Cross Takes Action Amid Pandemic to Address California Housing Crisis

August 3, 2020

SAP Partners

Anthem programs and sponsorships offer innovative solutions for increasing access to housing and achieving long-term housing stability.

Thousand Oaks, California – The socioeconomic impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have deepened the California housing crisis, and in response, Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) has launched enhanced efforts and strengthened supports to address homelessness.

In the past year, and since the onset of the pandemic, Anthem has committed new investments and engaged in several partnerships to launch housing-related support programs that help Californians access and maintain safe, stable housing. These programs and supports include construction of homes, access to housing vouchers, distribution of flex funds that support housing affordability and sustainability, outreach to help navigate access to housing resources, and more.

“California leads the nation in homelessness, and COVID-19 has exacerbated the crisis,” said Barsam Kasravi, MD, president, Anthem Blue Cross CA Medicaid. “Anthem recognizes that social factors, such as access to stable housing, are critical components of integrated healthcare and healthy communities, and that’s why we continue to invest in innovative programs and develop strategic partnerships that support access to the essentials for healthy living.”

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