The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University Partners with Leading Health System Kaiser Permanente to Improve Housing Stability, Prevent Homelessness, and Advance Health Equity

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic underscores what research has long documented — that unjust housing policies and housing instability are at the root of many health inequities across the country. In response to this growing challenge, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) is launching a new project in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and HealthBegins to connect health systems with legal resources for greater housing stability and eviction prevention.

A grant, distributed through Kaiser Permanente’s fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, provides a $4 million investment, most of which will support community-based legal organizations to address legal-related housing needs of the communities Kaiser Permanente serves.

NCMLP Co-Director Joel Teitelbaum

“This project has the potential to redefine the standard of care for the tens of millions of people whose health and well-being is directly influenced by a wide range of legal needs, particularly in the area of housing,” Joel Teitelbaum, co-director of NCMLP and a professor of health policy and law at the George Washington University, said. “NCMLP is inspired by Kaiser Permanente’s vision and delighted to embark on this project with the Housing for Health staff, and with Kaiser Permanente’s clinical and legal aid partners.”

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Media Contact: Kathy Fackelmann,, 202-994-8354, GWU Office of Media Relations