Affordable & Safe Housing


High-quality, safe and affordable housing that is accessible for residents with mixed income levels. Access to quality housing promotes health by reducing stress and providing individuals with a sense of security and protection. Housing located near necessary resources and amenities, such as grocery stores, employment opportunities, and parks also promotes health.


  • Mortgages approved for African Americans and Latinos are down 55% and 45%, respectively.¹
  • Blacks and Latinos are 56% more likely to be rejected by lenders.¹
  • Seventy-two percent of white parents describe their neighborhoods as excellent or very good places to raise children, compared with 41% of black parents and 42% of Hispanic parents.²

Connection Across Determinants

Socioeconomic Status:

  • Households that spend more than half of their income on housing spend less on food and health as compared to households that spend 30% or less on housing.³


  • While the government provides Section 8 vouchers to support individuals with disabilities to find rentals in the private market:
    • Ninety percent of Public Housing Authorities do not apply for the Section 8 voucher.
    • Out of all 3 million disabled adults under the age of 62, less than 500,000 receive subsidized housing.⁴

  1. Goodman L, Zhu J, George T. Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume. Urban Institute. Published June 4, 2016. Accessed June 21, 2017.
  2. Gao G. Americans Divided on How Much They Trust Their Neighbors. Pew Res Cent. April 2016. Accessed June 21, 2017.
  3. Maqbool N, Viveiros J, Ault M. The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary. Accessed June 20, 2017.
  4. Housing First: People with Physical Disabilities. Accessed June 21, 2017.