Housing and Health

A safe, secure, and affordable home is a foundation for good health.

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Our Homes Are Key To Our Health

RWJF President and CEO Rich Besser spotlights how housing is linked to health and equity in America.

The conditions of our neighborhoods and quality of our homes play a critical role in shaping our health.

This collection features initiatives supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and resources for communities working to ensure access to safe, affordable housing for all.

The research is clear: families that face unstable housing, forced moves, homelessness, or home-based toxins such as lead or mold are more likely to experience poor mental or physical health.

Our homes determine where we go to school, how long it takes to get to work, and how much money we have left over to pay for other essentials. When our homes are near high-performing schools and good jobs, it’s easier to get a quality education and earn a livable wage. When we live near stores where nutritious food is available and affordable, eating healthy is easier. There’s a ripple effect—when anyone, in any community, lacks access to these things, the entire community isn’t as strong as it could be.

Policies, programs, and systems changes that respond to the specific needs of each community are essential to promoting inclusive and connected neighborhoods, reducing displacement, and enabling opportunity for better health for everyone.

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How Does Housing Affect Health?

Housing can influence health in many ways. This brief discusses promising strategies to improve America's health by providing families with the ability to make healthy housing choices.

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Featured Initiatives

Build Healthy Places Network

The Build Healthy Places Network leads collaborative work with experts in health and community develoment to strengthen low-income communities.

U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP)

USALEEP data measures life expectancy at birth for nearly every census tract in the country and show that people living just a few miles apart may have bestly different chances of living a long life.

Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC)

SPARCC focuses on ensuring that investments in the places we live lead healthy opportunities for everyone.

County Health Rankings

Watch a webinar recording and explore strategies from What Works for Health that communities can use to improve delapitaded housing and related health challenges.

Invest Health

Invest Health connects leaders from mid-sized cities developing strategies for increasing investments to improve health in low-income neighborhoods.

24:1 Community, Missouri

Twenty-four contiguous municipalities northwest of St. Louis, Missouri, an RWJF Culture of Health Prize-winning community embraces an "all-for-one" approach to health.

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Many families struggle to afford housing in neighborhoods with access to schools, grocery stores, parks and other services. How are cross-sector partnerships working to improve the health of all communities?
Many families struggle to afford housing in neighborhoods with access to schools, grocery stores, parks and other services. How are cross-sector partnerships working to improve the health of all communities?

Many families struggle to afford housing in neighborhoods with access to schools, grocery stores, parks and other services. How are cross-sector partnerships working to improve the health of all communities?

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