ChangeLab Solutions believes a vision of widespread health and prosperity should guide the future of housing and development in the United States. Decades of research have shown that safe, stable, affordable housing sets the foundation for health. Housing located near good schools, high-quality jobs, healthy food, safe parks, and dependable transportation is essential for communities to prosper and thrive. The laws and policies that shape housing markets and guide development have a significant effect on both health and prosperity.
Historically, housing policies have not been guided by a vision of healthy and equitable communities. Indeed, many existing housing policies reinforce discrimination and economic exclusion, leading to disinvestment and inequitable health outcomes. These forces have compounded health disparities and made it difficult for local governments and institutions to ensure the health and well-being of all residents.
Our healthy housing work focuses on what it takes to make safe, stable, and affordable housing a reality for everyone. We provide tools that connect the dots between housing and health and offer practical steps that communities can take to achieve their housing policy goals.