Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America's Housing Challenges

From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure and stagnant wages are some of the barriers that are preventing millions of low-income Americans and communities of color from reaching their full potential. Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges (pdf download) weaves together insights from the fields of healthcare, housing and economic security to outline a case for progressive, equity-focused policy.

Placing the contemporary housing crisis within the context of American Urban History, this report highlights key movements offering countermeasures to concentrated poverty, racial segregation, economic mobility and substandard housing, including:

  • Tying preventive health spending to housing interventions
  • Addressing housing and health equity in land use and resilience/sustainability planning in the built environment
  • Leveraging the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address health and equity outcomes
  • Building anti-displacement campaigns across local coalitions and national networks to gain increased tenant protections
  • Applying new investment tools to increase housing affordability


Healthy Communities of Opportunity suggests 10 equity housing policy priorities that together provide a strong platform to improve racial equity, health, climate, and economic opportunity outcomes.

PolicyLink will host a webinar on May 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. ET to discuss the findings and recommendations in the report. To register for the webinar featuring David Fukuzawa, Kalima Rose and Teddy Kỳ-Nam Miller from PolicyLink and other national leaders focused on the next generation of healthy communities, please register here.

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