Temple: Summit focuses on affordable housing

A Central Texas Housing Summit Thursday in Temple aimed to bring different agencies together to discuss affordable housing for vulnerable populations. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas Housing Summit Thursday in Temple aimed to bring different agencies together to discuss affordable housing for vulnerable populations.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth is collaborating with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to put the summit on at 11 locations across Texas.

The Central Texas Summit was held Thursday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple.

The focus was on the mentally ill, veterans and old or disabled community members who are in need of housing aid.

"This platform allowed us to come together to talk about all the issues that affect individuals that are facing instability with their housing, the housing needs and really the issue of affordability. How can we make sure that people live healthy in their own homes, how they can sustain that and then also how we can get more affordable accessible units to be built in our area?" said George Losoya, housing director with Central Texas Council of Governments.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Andre Avots, from Baylor Scott & White, discussed the importance of home life when it comes to health, stating 90 percent of healing takes place at the home.

The housing summits are funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and, Money Follows the Person Program.

Results from the summit will be reviewed, and used to make policy recommendations to the state.