Guiding Principles of Public Policy
1.) National Church Residences Public Policy Priorities will be strategically aligned with National Church Residences mission to provide high quality housing and health care in all our communities. All priorities are grounded in our core values:
- Mission: We are driven by a deep sense that our work should serve God and always produce good for others.
- Compassion: We truly care about people and seek to treat residents, employees, and neighbors with dignity, respect, and fairness.
- Professionalism: We strive to be excellent at what we do and to be sound managers of resources with solid, ethical business practices.
- Leadership: We will be leaders in our field: setting a good example for others, visionary, growing, and constantly improving.
2.) National Church Residences Public Policy Priorities must advance National Church Residences’ strategic plan, as adopted annually by its board of directors.
3.) National Church Residences Public Policy Priorities, progress of National Church Residences Public Policy Priorities, and return on investment of National Church Residences Public Policy Priorities will be presented annually to the board of directors.
4.) Consistent with National Church Residences best of class standards, National Church Residences Public Policy priorities will be implemented with the highest level of integrity and operational excellence, and will support innovative leadership and effective collaboration with partners.
5.) National Church Residences Public Policy Priorities will advance societal improvements for seniors, housing and health care, and will strive to educate the public on the importance of always producing good for others.
6.) In a time of rapidly changing finance sources for health care and housing, National Church Residences Public Policy Priorities will:
- Support preservation of our existing housing and health care portfolio;
- Support expansion of housing and health care opportunities;
- Advance housing as a platform for health care.
2015 Public Policy Priorities
PRESERVATION & EXPANSION OF HOUSING
In order to continue to house the growing number of low-income seniors and vulnerable individuals across the U.S., our public policy priorities are to:
- Protect the Low Income Housing Tax Credit in federal tax reform.
- Protect Housing Voucher funding and exploring new models to expand low-income housing options.
- Lead participation in HUD’s 202 program design.
- Implement incentives through HUD for optimal cost efficiency and performance of assets.
- Manage and advocate for best practices across states in Qualified Allocation Plans.
- Advance ways to recapitalize and improve aging HUD 202 portfolios.
PRESERVATION & EXPANSION OF HEALTH CARE
In order to continue to provide health care to the growing number of seniors and vulnerable individuals across Ohio and expanding into other states, our public policy priorities include:
- Protecting and expanding Adult Day Services as an option to keep individuals in the community.
- Protecting and increasing available Affordable Assisted Living models.
- Protecting health care reimbursement rates to provide quality care to residents.
- Expanding health care for seniors and vulnerable populations within the managed care environment.
- Advocating for Medicaid Expansion and health care access for our residents under the Affordable Care Act.
- Increase partnerships and opportunities under bundled payment systems.
HOUSING AS A PLATFORM FOR HEALTH CARE
As seniors age, they need a variety of health-related supports and services to maintain their independence and quality of life. However, there are few viable alternatives for the segment of the U.S.’s vulnerable or elderly populations that address the dual need for affordable quality housing and health services. National Church Residences, as a provider of both, is in a unique position to advance housing as a platform for health care, growing options for low-income seniors and vulnerable individuals to live at home while living healthier lives. This includes advancing public policy priorities to:
- Grow and lead health outcomes measurement in housing to demonstrate housing as a platform for improved health.
- Advance innovative health care resources as a capital source of funding for affordable housing with services.
- Develop and advance Permanent Supportive Housing models.
- Protect and expand Service Coordinator funding.
- Protect and develop Service Enriched Housing models.