Health starts in our homes. And without an affordable option for housing, people’s well-being may be at risk. A community that provides access to safe homes gives families an opportunity to live securely and may help promote healthier lifestyles by supporting their social and economic needs.
To help address these social barriers, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and UnitedHealthcare funded the development of HARMONY @Grandview Commons on the east side of Madison. The 94-unit affordable housing community, developed by Royal Capital Group, provides an opportunity for working families in the region.
“This is an important day here in Madison, where so many community partners have helped bring affordable, quality, new homes for working families,” said Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who helped lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This beautiful new community is a model for how we can support families and bring innovative thinking to how we support them as they build a brighter future.”
The on-site amenities for residents include a community clubhouse with a library, computer lab and meeting space, fitness center, playground, picnic area and private garages. Residents also have access to various services and programs such as health and nutrition classes, higher education courses, financial training and after-school activities, among others.
“At UnitedHealthcare, we understand that some of the greatest barriers to better health are not clinical issues, but rather social and financial barriers, such as access to safe and affordable housing,” said Ellen Sexton, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin. “We are partnering with other socially minded organizations that understand the value of good health, and how public-private partnerships like these can succeed in helping make a positive impact in our communities.”
UnitedHealthcare has invested $384 million to build more than 70 affordable housing communities in 16 states. The investments, which include $12 million in Wisconsin, are part of the company’s efforts to redefine healthy living by helping address social determinants, like access to affordable housing, that can affect people’s health and well-being.
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Application and leasing information for HARMONY @Grandview Commons is available by calling 608-576-6212. For images and video of the event, click here.