Affordable & Safe Housing

Community availability of high-quality, safe and affordable housing that is accessible for residents with mixed income levels is critical for good health. Having access to safe and affordable housing promotes health by giving individuals and families a stress relieving, sense of security and protection. Additionally, safe and affordable housing located near health sustaining resources and amenities such as grocery stores, employment opportunities, parks and open spaces. The number of mortgages made to African Americans is down 55% and are down in Latinos by 45%.(2) Blacks and Latinos are 56% more likely to be rejected by lenders.(2) 72% of white parents described their neighborhoods as excellent or very good places to raise children, compared with 41% of black parents and 42% of Hispanic parents.(1) Households that spend more than half of their income in housing, spend less on food and health compared to household that spend 30% or less on housing.(3) The government provides a voucher system for people with disabilities to find rentals in a private market. Household that receive a (Section 8) voucher pay only 30% of their rent. 90% of Public Housing Authorities do not apply for the “Section 8” voucher and only 500,00 adults with disabilities out of 3 million receive some type of support to find housing.(4)

  1. Gao G. Americans Divided on How Much They Trust Their Neighbors.
    Pew Res Cent. April 2016.
    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/13/americans-divided-on-how-much-they-trust-their-neighbors/. Accessed June 21, 2017.
  2. Goodman L, Zhu J, George T. Where Have All the Loans Gone?
    The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume. Urban Institute. http://www.urban.org/research/publication/where-have-all-loans-gone-impact-credit-availability-mortgage-volume. Published June 4, 2016. Accessed June 21, 2017.
  3. Maqbool N, Viveiros J, Ault M. The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary.
    http://www2.nhc.org/HSGandHealthLitRev_2015_final.pdf. Accessed June 20, 2017.
  4. Housing First: People with Physical Disabilities.
    http://www.npr.org/news/specials/housingfirst/whoneeds/physdisabled.html. Accessed June 21, 2017.