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Preserving, Protecting, & Expanding Affordable Housing

A policy toolkit for public health

Healthy Neighborhoods

Practitioners and community advocates working at the intersection of housing and health have a unique role to play in preserving, protecting, and expanding the number of affordable rental housing options in high-demand neighborhoods.

Our comprehensive materials were developed to support them.

Policy Toolkit & Executive Summary: This toolkit provides information on housing market trends and research on the links between rising housing costs and poor health outcomes. It identifies strategies across six policy areas to help ensure that households of all incomes have housing options in the areas where they want to live.

Overview for Local Health Departments: The companion overview is designed to help local health departments support efforts to address affordable housing shortages. It highlights specific local health departments that have addressed rising housing costs in their communities.

Learn more about these resources and other efforts to protect affordable housing that are funded by The Kresge Foundation. For more information on linking housing to public health, check out our Primer on Qualified Allocation Plans, and Building In Healthy Infill, our guide for improving public health through development.