The staff at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin always knew that the families living in HACA’s 18 low-income housing properties faced a number of serious health challenges. The families HACA serves average around $12,000 in annual household income. That means many residents have to make difficult decisions when it comes to their own health. As HACA Executive Vice President Sylvia Blanco put it, “Sometimes it comes down to whether to fill a prescription or buy groceries.”
Landlords at one Austin apartment complex will keep up on residents’ health through a program called, “Bringing Health Home. When was the last time your landlord called in or stepped by to not check on the status of a rent check, but the status of your health? Or the status of your child’s health? For residents living at the Pathways at Booker T. Washington Terraces in East Austin, their relationship with their landlord is about to change for the better.