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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.
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.
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
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.
Reducing the land costs of a residential project can be a valuable way to foster housing affordability for lower-income residents in the Washington, DC metro area. Given the region’s strong economy, growing population, and shortage of available land in desirable locations, the Washington, DC area is home to some of the highest land costs nationwide, making it difficult to build housing that is priced at levels affordable to low- and moderate-income households. By offering publicly owned land at reduced or no cost to developers, communities can reduce overall development costs significantly and make affordable housing possible with much lower direct public subsidy.
As an update to previous literature reviews in 2007 and 2011, the authors recently reviewed the academic research on the various ways in which the production, rehabilitation, or other provision of affordable housing may affect educational outcomes for children. This research review is organized around a series of hypotheses which have been investigated by academic and non-academic housing and other researchers. For this updated summary, new sources and summaries of recent research have been added to supplement previous research findings, and additional research areas have been included. The primary goal of this review is to provide policymakers and practitioners with key findings from the research on the link between housing and education in order to inform partners, advocate for policy change, and build support across the housing and education communities.