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How a home and a job changed my life

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Duff France

Duff France was born and raised in Alaska. Coming south with a friend, he found his way to Yakima and wound up homeless, living on the street for five years. “It was the worst time I ever spent,” Duff said.

Duff France was able to move into a home and find a job through a partnership between Foundational Community Supports’ housing and employment services and Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. Duff’s story illustrates the links between good health, stable housing, and successful employment.

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is partnering with the state to provide affordable, accessible housing to anyone in need. Their mission is to end homelessness in their community.

Connection to Healthier Washington

Healthier Washington supports Foundational Community Supports (FCS), also referred to as Initiative 3 of the Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation. FCS offers two targeted benefits that help our most vulnerable beneficiaries get and keep stable housing and employment, in support of their broader health needs. Supportive housing provides services that help people get and keep community housing. Supported employment services help people overcome barriers to employment so they can get and keep a job.

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