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Publications in this section highlight the many ways in which affordable housing can help advance other important community objectives, such as good health, educational achievement, individual asset building, and economic development. The Center’s work in this area seeks both to clarify and document the benefits of affordable housing and to suggest ways to structure affordable housing to better achieve these broader goals.
New research from Children’s HealthWatch illustrates there is no safe level of homelessness. The timing (pre-natal, post-natal) and duration of homelessness (more or less than six months) compounds the risk of harmful child health outcomes. The younger and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll of negative health outcomes, which can have lifelong effects on the child, the family, and the community.
The paper explains how the Medicaid program works and key changes made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prior health care reform efforts have altered the health care sector to focus more on prevention, care coordination, and the social needs of Medicaid beneficiaries. Some of the changes to the Medicaid program by the ACA and other reforms have created openings and incentives for health care organizations to collaborate with affordable housing providers to address the impact that housing has on the health of a low-income individuals. The report identifies these opportunities and describes promising programs and developments in different parts of the country. This report offers an overview of areas where the health and housing sectors overlap in the wake of Medicaid reform for affordable housing providers, healthy housing organizations, and advocates to discover ways in which they can pursue collaborations with health organizations.
Housing is well understood to be an important social determinant of physical and mental health and well-being. In the context of ongoing national and state efforts to reform health care, it is important for policymakers to understand the various pathways through which housing affects health. As an update to earlier reviews on the relationship between housing and health, the authors examined recent research on the various ways in which the production, rehabilitation, or other provision of affordable housing may affect health outcomes for children, adults, and older adults.1 This report is organized around ten hypotheses on the contribution of affordable housing to supporting positive health outcomes.
The National Center for Healthy Housing, the Center for Housing Policy, ChangeLab Solutions, and Trust for America’s Health released a new issue brief, “Housing and Health: New Opportunities for Dialogue and Action”, calling for greater collaboration between the public health and housing communities. The paper recommends a more coordinated and integrated approach among housing, environmental health, and public health agencies to help improve the health of children, older adults and other community members.
This case study, one of three prepared by the Center for Housing Policy presented at the National Building Museum's How Housing Matters Conference, describes a program that uses secure and affordable housing to improve health outcomes and health care access for older adults.