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Housing Intersections

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.

Jun 11, 2015

Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children's Health

Megan Sandel, MD MPH, Richard Sheward, MPP, Lisa Sturtevant Ph.D.

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.

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Keywords: Affordable Housing, Children, housing, Homelessness, Families

Jun 3, 2015

Affordable Housing’s Place in Medicaid Reform: Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Reform

Janet Viveiros

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.

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Keywords: Affordable Housing, Health Care, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, reform, housing developers

Apr 22, 2015

The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary

Nabihah Maqbool, Janet Viveiros, Mindy Ault

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.

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Keywords: Affordable Housing, Health Care, Housing and Health

Apr 17, 2015

The Connectivity Gap: The Internet is Still Out of Reach for Many Low-Income Renters

Lisa Sturtevant

Most of us use the Internet in all facets of our lives: forwork, education, medical care, entertainment,shopping, and innumerable daily tasks.Having a reliable broadband connectionat home makes all sorts of tasks easier,faster, and cheaper. Yet far too manylow-income households do not have evena basic broadband connection at home. To help achieve affordable broadband connectivity for all, the National Housing Conference(NHC) convened a Connectivity Working Group to recommend policy changes. The groupdraws from affordable housing developers, public agencies, policy experts, capital providers,national intermediaries, and more, all committed to the shared mission of closing the digitaldivide for low-income people. The recommendations presented here draw on the expertise ofthe Connectivity Working Group, the policy briefs from NHC’s Center for Housing Policy, andadvice from other stakeholders. We

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Keywords: Affordable Housing, broadband, connectivity, internet

Mar 26, 2015

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Affordable Housing

Lisa Sturtevant and Janet Viveiros

Housing serves as more than just shelter. Research has shown that affordable and stable housing can be a platform for families' education, health, and economic wellbeing (Brennan 2011; Brennan and Lubell 2012; Cohen 2011). An adequate supply of housing affordable to all residents contributes to a sustainable and diverse community. Because needs for lower-cost housing generally are not well served by the market, local governments, along with their private-sector and nonprofit partners, play a critical role in building and preserving affordable housing. A natural disaster highlights the difficulty local governments face in providing affordable housing.

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Keywords: Housing Affordability, housing solutions, Disaster resistance