REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL:
Making the Business Case for Community Development: An Economic Analysis of Cost Savings and Societal Returns from Community Development Investments
In May, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) launched a new Integrated Physical Needs Assessment tool to provide affordable housing owners with a comprehensive protocol to assess the range of options available to upgrade their buildings. The tool will allow owners to take advantage of incentives and opportunities to make their properties as sustainable and safe as possible. A key component of the Integrated Physical Needs Assessment is a new health overlay, providing guidance on health-focused upgrades as well as operations and maintenance protocol.
If you were to ask someone what comes to mind when they think of the Federal Reserve, health probably wouldn’t be one of the first topics! But in 2010 the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) co-hosted a Healthy Communities conference in Washington, DC. Since then, the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks and RWJF have been engaged in a joint effort called the Healthy Communities Initiative to deepen collaboration across the sectors of community development, finance, population health, and public health.
The connection between health and community development is on everyone’s lips it seems, and for good reason. And yet the two sectors are really still at the beginning stages of learning how to work together.
The 100 Million Healthier Lives Adult Well-Being Assessment is a seven-item questionnaire to measure well-being in four domains: physical health, mental health, social well-being, and spiritual-well being. The assessment tool was created by the 100 Million Healthier Lives Metrics Development team using previously validated items and input from over 30 leading experts from a variety of public, private, and academic institutions.