Tagged: Affordable Housing

Can Specialized Housing Help Improve the Health of Deaf Americans?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing residents have unique housing needs: security and fire alert systems that are not dependent on alarms, layouts that don’t obstruct visibility, doorbells that light up instead of ring, and high-speed internet access that enables specialized communications technology. Although the U.S. Census does not keep a count of deaf Americans, by some estimates …

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Residents of Potrero Housing in San Francisco walk the property with manager, Uzuri Greene, San Francisco, CA. Bridge Housing, San Francisco, Bay area

Rebuild Potrero, San Francisco, California

Susan Neufeld, Vice President of Resident Programs and Services for BRIDGE Housing Corporation (BRIDGE), describes the existing 606-unit Potrero Terrace and Annex housing projects as “an island of poverty in a sea of wealth.” Unlike many distressed public housing complexes that are surrounded by other disadvantaged neighborhoods, residents of Potrero Terrace and Annex, with a …

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Developing Communities With Health in Mind

This article first appeared on The Pew Charitable Trusts blog January 14, 2015.   The Health Impact Project spends a great deal of time talking about the social determinants of health and about health equity, but what do these terms really mean? Simply put, a person’s health is affected by a complex array of social …

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Investing With Health in Mind

Last summer, we introduced our magazine of stories illustrating the deep connections between neighborhood and health. Our first piece brought readers to two housing developments in Arizona designed for (and with) grandparents raising grandchildren. Our next essay explores how two new funds are investing in affordable housing and other neighborhood projects that consider residents’ health and well-being. …

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Four Drew Charter School students in the Villages of East, standing outside the school.

The Villages of East Lake, Atlanta, Georgia

Of the East Lake Meadows public housing project before revitalization, says Carol Naughton of Purpose Built Communities, “the only thing that was working was the drug trade.” Frequently called “Little Vietnam” – as in, a war zone — the Atlanta neighborhood grappled with extreme poverty, violent crime, abysmal educational outcomes and high unemployment. The poorly built, 40-year-old public …

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In San Francisco, Housing With a Healing Touch

It’s common for federal housing and neighborhood revitalization projects to require resident involvement. That’s because community members, of course, understand their own needs and circumstances better than anyone else. But for many affordable-housing residents—particularly those who have experienced trauma—community engagement can be challenging. That’s why a revitalization effort in San Francisco has implemented a Trauma …

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Rolling Hills Apartments, St. Paul, Minnesota

“Wherever there is conflict in the world, a few years later you start to see that population showing up here,” says Andriana Abariotes, executive director of Twin Cities LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Minneapolis-St. Paul has a long history of welcoming immigrants and refugees from around the world and is home to many organizations serving …

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Don’t Tell Us It’s Working. Show Us It’s Working.

Evidence is having bit of a renaissance. From Pay for Success financing to evidence-based policymaking, a movement is growing to answer that most basic question: Are we making a difference? Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), a national network of nonprofit affordable-housing providers, has spent the last several years developing outcome measures that …

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The Network’s Picks: Mapping Social Determinants of Health

We know that ZIP code matters for health in part because of social determinants of health such as access to affordable housing and healthy food. PolicyMap is an interactive data and mapping tool that can be used to analyze these and other social determinants at state, county, city, ZIP code, and census tract levels. PolicyMap …

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San Pablo Avenue Corridor, Oakland, California

Not all community developers are aware that the work they’re doing has the potential to improve health, but the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) has built health into its strategic plan, and in the neighborhood revitalization work of the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative (SPARC), convened by EBALDC, health is the first priority. The San …

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