Via Sana exemplifies NRP’s commitment to the Health & Housing initiative, to use safe, affordable housing as the basis for addressing the social determinants of health. Building on the success of the Residences at Career Gateway in Columbus, Via Sana (a partnership with MetroHealth hospital) consists of 14 one‐bedroom, 31 two‐bedroom, and 13 three‐bedroom units, for a total of 58 new units of affordable housing with modern finishes for residents earning at or below 60% of the area median income. It also includes a community and fitness room available to residents, and a 4,500 square Economic Opportunity Center providing employment, financial literacy, and digital literacy training programs to the greater neighborhood. Residents of Via Sana and the Clark‐Fulton community benefit from robust workforce and professional development services that focus on preparing individuals for employment, attaining employment, retaining employment, and vertical ascension within or across employers –along with life skills applicable in all stages of a career. With MetroHealth’s campus transformation and the market rate multifamily housing units that are planned around it, affordable housing will continue to be greatly needed in this neighborhood. Via Sana directly contributes to creating a neighborhood that is accessible to people of all incomes, an Economic Opportunity Center to ensure that local residents will be prepared for future employment opportunities, and a new, transit oriented community on the south side of Cleveland.
At NRP, we strive to build the best in class communities that meet the diverse needs of individuals and families everywhere, and we see mixed-income and workforce housing as a great way to achieve this. This development is a great example of the ‘health care and housing’ trend in which local hospitals like MetroHealth partner with NRP to improve the surrounding neighborhoods. The NRP Group is joining MetroHealth and CCH (Development Corp.) in the effort to positively influence social determinants of health beyond clinical care, including affordable housing, supportive services and workforce training. This process is core to the value system of both MetroHealth and The NRP Group.