An Affordable Housing Reboot Will Improve Community Health

Housing is a Social Determinant of Health is Particularly True for Marginalized Americans

The NHP Foundation recently joined forces with CSH calling for fresh ways to use housing and health partnerships to bring about significant changes for those in need. In the report “An Affordable Housing Reboot Will Improve Community Health,” Richard Burns, President and CEO, The NHP Foundation (NHFP) and Robert Friant, Managing Director, External Affairs, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) write,

“The NHP Foundation credo “where you live matters” is resonating today as affordable housing industry and healthcare leaders are coming together to combine safe, clean, secure housing with improved mental and physical health services. NHPF recently joined forces with CSH to call for fresh ways to use housing and health partnerships to bring about significant changes for those in need, including innovative funding approaches such as privatized housing vouchers.”

“Housing is a social determinant of health,” is increasingly becoming a mantra when referring to very low-income Americans who are marginalized, face multiple barriers and whose needs are not being met by what are traditionally mainstream service systems. 

“Growing awareness of housing’s impact on residents’ health is fueling local and national dialogues for solutions that leverage housing to change the lives of those struggling with complex challenges.”

There is opportunity in New Jersey to strengthen the connection between housing and healthcare working towards the development and funding of supportive and affordable housing.

The report includes using innovative approaches to funding and services. Affordable housing and healthcare leaders are coming together to combine safe, clean, secure housing with improved mental and physical healthcare services.  

Growing awareness of housing’s impact on residents’ health is fueling local and national dialogues for solutions that leverage housing to change the lives of those struggling with complex challenges. Affordable housing is at the edge of what could be the largest shift in housing and service finance since the advent of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit in 1986. A real reboot can capitalize on exciting trends.

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