Health Providers Can Help Bridge The Gap Through Both Development and Advocacy Partnerships
On January 17, 2020, the Center on Budget and policy Priorities (CBPP) published “Housing and Health Partners Can Work Together to Close the Housing Affordability Gap,” explores how housing and health partners can collaborate to close the housing affordability gap.
- 315,700 people in 162,000 New Jersey households use federal rental assistance to afford modest housing.
- 68% of these people using rental assistance are seniors, children, or people with disabilities.
- But 4 in 10 low-income people in New Jersey are homeless or pay over half their income for rent. Most don’t receive federal rental assistance due to limited funding
- 682,200 low-income New Jersey renters pay more than half their income for housing. Most don’t receive rental assistance due to funding limitations.
“Access to safe, affordable housing supports people’s physical and mental health, research shows,” writes Peggy Bailey, vice president for housing policy at CBPP.“The health care system has an important role in connecting patients to housing, but housing programs themselves need substantial additional resources to make a meaningful dent in the number of households that struggle to afford housing. Because health care stakeholders see face-to-face the difference affordable, quality, stable housing can make in health outcomes and have data that underscore the broader implications of a lack of affordable housing, they have an essential role to play in the housing policy debate.”