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Why Kaiser Permanente is investing in housing

A homeless person on a San Francisco street
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Kaiser Permanente — the biggest managed-care provider in the U.S. — is getting into real estate investing.

Why now: It’s part of an effort to address the social determinants of health — things that are not explicitly part of the health care system, but nevertheless have a big impact on people’s health.