We’ve curated a list of publications, websites, convening notes, slide decks and more to help you make the case for the housing-health connection.
The MacArthur Foundation’s How Housing Matters program describes which neighborhood characteristics affect youth development and health.
Research shows that low-income and minority neighborhoods are more likely to experience harmful conditions and to lack health-promoting conditions.
Numerous resources have recently been released detailing the connection between safe, affordable housing and good health. We’ve curated a list of publications, websites, convening notes, slide decks and more to help you make the case for the housing-health connection.
Addressing the Impact of Redevelopment on Community Health in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace, 2017, Evidence for Action, Public Health Seattle and King County, Seattle Housing Authority, and Neighborcare Health
ASTHO-CDC-HUD Convening Meetings Notes: Cross-Sector Partnership Models to Improve Health and Housing Outcomes, 2017, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Connection between Health and Housing: The Evidence and Policy Landscape, 2015, Alliance for Health Reform
Health and Housing, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Health and Housing 101: Understanding the Intersections, 2016, Community Catalyst
Health Impact Assessment and Housing, Guidance for Health and Housing Professionals, 2016 Pew Charitable Trusts
Housing and the Role of Hospitals, 2017, American Hospital Association, Health Research and Education Trust, and Association of Community Health Improvement
Housing and Health, 2011, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Housing as Health, 2017, Journal of the American Medial Association (JAMA) Forum
Housing Intersections, National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy
Innovative Models in Health and Housing, 2017, Mercy Housing and the Low Income Investment Fund
Leveraging Housing Vouchers to Address Health Disparities, 2017, American Journal of Public Health
This short report by UCSF and the Build Healthy Places Network reviews selected research on how physical, service, and social conditions in a community can influence health, for better or worse.
A large body of research has linked neighborhood conditions with health, including physical conditions, available services, and social conditions. Extensive research shows that low-income and minority neighborhoods are more likely to experience harmful conditions and to lack health-promoting conditions. Although children may be particularly vulnerable to the health effects of living in a disadvantaged place, health effects can extend into adulthood. A sampling of research-based evidence is included.
George Galster, an expert on neighborhoods and urban planning, describes the various neighborhood factors researchers believe influence health, and how. He notes that a consensus is emerging that four neighborhood factors—social cohesion, social control, spatial mismatch, and environmental hazards—have the strongest effects on personal outcomes.
This issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the current evidence linking neighborhoods and health. It also reviews promising programs and interventions to make neighborhoods healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.
Just as conditions within our homes have important implications for our health, conditions in the neighborhoods surrounding our homes also can have major health effects. It explores the following questions:
• How can neighborhoods affect health?
• Are features of places really that important for health—or should we focus primarily on the individuals who live in them?
• Do all Americans have the opportunity to live in a healthy neighborhood?
• Could public and private policies improve neighborhoods in ways likely to improve America’s health?
The report provides examples of public, private, and joint public-private initiatives intended to make neighborhoods healthier.
Also included in this RWJF series are similar short reports on how housing, violence and social disadvantage, race and socioeconomic factors, income and wealth, education, and early childhood experiences affect health.
These brief fact sheets from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) provide overviews of the evidence on health and health-care issues that are important in low-income communities.
The toolkit offers 21 “gold star” recommendations for promoting health in buildings and development projects. The toolkit is available digitally, as a downloadable pdf, and as a one-page visual summary, or go to the full site for additional details.
The recommendations cover:
A list of practical implementation strategies and best practices, grouped according to their available evidence base, supports each of the recommendations.
The recommendations and strategies are ranked by: