Linking Affordable Housing to Improved Health Outcomes

Housing Instability Forces Difficult Choices Between Rent, Utilities, Health Care and Food

The ACTION Campaign released a Fact Sheet linking affordable housing to improved health outcomes and highlighting the growing need for affordable housing.

The factsheet provides evidence linking affordable housing to positive health benefits and public health care savings. The potential benefits of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S.548/H.R.1661) include the adoption of provisions to support the development of supportive housing for the chronically homeless.

  • Housing instability forces families to choose between paying for rent, utilities, medical care, or food.
  • These choices can affect both mental and physical health. Research shows that children in low-income families without access to affordable housing have higher rates of health problems, possibly due to lack of primary pediatric care, emotional issues from frequent relocation, and other conditions due to unsafe housing.
  • Further, unhealthy housing can lead to health issues such as asthma and cardiovascular disease which are both preventable.

The factsheet includes the following facts and statistics:

  • Children under the age of four living in unstable housing have almost a 20% increased risk of hospitalization and over 25% increased risk of developmental delays.
  • Children’s caregivers in low-income housing were 2 times more likely to be in fair or poor health and almost 3 times more likely to report depressive symptoms.
  • Of families who move from high poverty to low poverty neighborhoods, adults experience lower obesity rates, lower reports of anxiety and depressions, and lower diabetes rates

The factsheet also includes how affordable housing saves public health costs:

  • Housing Credit may be responsible for almost $21 million per year in public health care savings
  • A Chicago pilot program which partnered with a supportive housing provider experienced healthcare costs dropping by 18% per patient
  • Other research showed that combining affordable housing with services for chronically ill homeless adults saved an average of $6,000 per person annually in healthcare costs’
  • Without appropriate investment in affordable housing, it is estimated that the U.S. would have spent $111 billion in avoidable health and education expenditures over 10 years

This ACTION campaign is a coalition of over 2,200 different organizations and businesses which advocate to strengthen and expand the Housing Credit

If you are passionate about providing affordable housing in New Jersey, you should attend the July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Oportunity Starts at Home.

We know that by joining together and amplifying our voices, we can have an impact on the decisions that are made in Washington DC. Join Monarch Housing Associates and our 35 partners from New Jersey to make the case that homelessness is solvable a problem. The federal government must be a full partner in ensuring an adequate breadth of services are available to prevent children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and all of our neighbors in NJ from experiencing the homelessness.

Register today to attend the Congressional Reception. Everyone needs to register even if you are traveling on your own.

Click here for more information about the Congressional Reception.

You can also follow @OppStartsatHome in order to learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign.

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