Affordable quality housing is an investment in quality health. Research continues to show that affordable quality housing results in positive health outcomes. Affordable quality housing can improve community health in the following ways:

  • Enables people to pay for basic needs that influence health
    • Food, medical care, utilities.
  • Quality housing protects people from exposure to contaminants, neurotoxins, and other dangers.
  • Housing location and stability can increase consistent access to destinations that affect health.
  • Housing stability and neighborhood conditions can decrease mental health problems.

What It Means

Affordable quality housing helps level the playing field. For many individuals, housing costs take up a much larger percent of their income than the middle class American. For these individuals and families, decisions are made between paying rent, keeping the electricity on, purchasing food, and taking care of health care bills. By providing affordable, quality housing lower socio economic status communities have the ability to pay for more of these necessities that indirectly affect health. This type of housing also provides safe and maintained shelter that directly improves health outcomes. By providing this type of housing to vulnerable individuals and families, we are providing direct and indirect access to improved health.

Why It Matters

Affordable and quality housing enables communities access to the physical and social structures needed to bounce back from crisis. Access to affordable and quality housing strengthens resiliency by improving personal security of residents, supporting social structures and systems, reducing vulnerability to environmental risks, establishing stable living situations, and empowering communities to participate in their own governance. Improving the health of individuals by establishing affordable quality housing leads to improved stability amidst unstable circumstances.

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National Resources: The Big Picture

Look here for statistics, analysis strategies, resources and best practices from across the country.

  • Assets and Opportunity Scorecard – Housing

  • Build Healthy Places Network

  • Harvard Center for Housing Policy

  • Kresge Foundation – Healthy Housing and

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) – Affordable Housing

  • Making Home Affordable

  • National Center for Healthy Housing

  • National Equity Fund

  • National Housing Conference

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition

  • NeighborWorks America – Home and Finances

  • Next City

  • Policy Link – Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

  • The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Urban Institute – How Housing Matters

Arizona Resources: Local Spotlight

Looking to start, or engage in a conversation about Affordable, Quality Housing and how you can contribute? Here are connectors, conveners, advocates and actors to bring to the table.

  • Arizona Department of Housing – Housing Partners

  • Arizona Housing Alliance

  • Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities – Housing

  • AZ Coalition to End Homelessness

  • Build Us Hope

  • Chicanos Por La Causa – Housing

  • City of Phoenix – Neighborhood Services Department

  • Foundation for Senior Living – Providing a Safe Home

  • LISC Phoenix – Housing

  • Native American Connections – Housing

  • Save the Family Foundation of Arizona – Housing

  • Southwest Fair Housing Council

  • Trellis

  • UMOM – Programs and Services



Connect with Affordable, Quality Housing efforts-in-progress, and the partners who are helping to make them happen:

Transit Oriented Development

LISC Housing Projects: LISC Phoenix is focusing its efforts on creating and preserving affordable housing along the light rail corridor.

Housing Design

Escobedo at Verde Vista: A state of the art, environmentally friendly, redeveloped housing location with a leasing office, multi-purpose building for a before and after school program, a computer lab, and a training center.

Las Abuelitas by Primavera Foundation: A LEED certified facility that provides affordable housing for elderly residents taking care of adopted and foster children. The facility includes rental units, shared spaces for the neighboring community, community garden plots, and recreational spaces.

Madison Heights: Avondale’s new housing project on Dysart Rd. and Madison St., and the first in the state to take advantage of a federal program called the Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

Mesa Artspace Lofts: Affordable new space where artists of all disciplines may live, work, and create, as well as space where arts-related organizations and businesses can thrive.

Patina Wellness Center: A 70 bed residential treatment and housing facility that provides workforce development, skills training, wellness checks, art therapy, Native American cultural activities, and Native American cultural healing.

Rosewood Court: The development will provide affordable housing for qualifying families, seniors and veterans, as well as offer ADA compliant units and access and include a community center offering an array of resources and supportive services.

Housing Services

Affordable Housing Online Arizona: Provides the most complete database of Federal housing assistance and exhaustive affordable housing data for each county and city in Arizona.

Homeless Families Intervention Project: Save the Family uses a 3-tiered approach to the HFIP: Housing, Case Coordination and Supportive Services to assist homeless and impoverished families throughout Maricopa County.

Housing Trust Fund Project: The project advances the concept that housing trust funds are provided to dedicate public revenue to a distinct fund with the express and limited purpose of providing affordable housing.

Humanitarian Hold Program: The Humane Society of Central Arizona provides short-term care for companion animals of at risk individuals/families, elderly, disabled, and children who must leave their home temporarily due to hospitalizations, rehabilitation, domestic violence, homelessness or other life altering circumstances.

Old Pueblo Community Services: Seeking to end homelessness by providing dignified housing, counseling and supportive services for those reentering their community from homelessness, incarceration, military service or combat, hospitalization, treatment, and detoxification.

Rehoboth CDC: Provides affordable housing resources as well as additional human development support services to provide equitable lives to the diverse community of Canyon Corridor and Maricopa County.


Signature Projects

Get a bird’s eye view of efforts from around the country that can be an inspiration and reference point for Arizona-based work:

Boston LISC Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Accelerator Fund: Provides developers with streamlined access to acquisition and pre-development capital that can be used to acquire and advance strategic properties along transit corridors.

Denver Housing Authority Mariposa Project: A transit housing community offering residents cultural diversity, proximity to downtown, healthy food options, early childhood education, and many more amenities that create a vibrant and healthy community.

Housing as Health: The Housing as Health campaign is a statewide coalition that supports Medicaid in Pennsylvania to increase supportive housing services for consumers with either a physical or behavioral health condition.

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