Housing and Health

Housing and neighborhood conditions are inextricably linked to health and well-being.

A homeowner stands on her front porch.

Housing is a catalyst for improving racial equity and health outcomes. 

This collection features initiatives supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and resources for communities working to advance affordable housing as part of a comprehensive approach to creating healthier, more equitable places to live.

Far too many people in the United States—especially Black, Latino, and Indigenous people—have long faced insurmountable housing inequities that have limited their opportunities for health. This includes decades of discriminatory housing and lending practices.

These inequities, coupled with rising housing costs and stagnant wages, have left many families unable to pay for other basic expenses, including food and healthcare. The pandemic worsened housing disparities and made clear that a secure, affordable home is critical to good health. This holds true for people across the country—in communities large and small, rural and urban. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working alongside others to build a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, regardless of where they live, their race or ethnicity, or how much money they earn. The way forward requires policies, practices, and systems changes that respond to each community's needs, centering resident priorities and solutions to create thriving neighborhoods with access to opportunity and health.

 

Our Homes are Key to Our Health

Millions of families in America struggle to keep a roof over their heads, and it's taking a toll on their health. How can we ensure everyone has an affordable place to call home?

View full infographic in USA Today

Featured Resource

The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, an annual report from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), quantifies the affordable housing crisis and review in-depth data.

 

Housing Solutions Lab

The Housing Solutions Lab at the NYU Furman Center helps small and midsize cities plan, launch, and evaluate evidence-based local housing policies that advance racial equity; increase access to opportunity; and improve long-term health and well-being for residents.

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Featured Initiatives

Housing Solutions Lab

The Housing Solutions Lab at the NYU Furman Center helps small and midsize cities plan, launch, and evaluate evidence-based local housing policies.

Poverty and Race Research Action Council

PRRAC promotes research-based advocacy strategies to address structural inequality and disrupt the systems that disadvantage people of color with low incomes.

Fair Share Housing Center

The Fair Sharing Housing Center advances inclusionary and fair housing to improve health and equity in New Jersey and inform national policy solutions.

National Low-Income Housing Coalition

NLIHC advocates for policies that ensure people with the lowest incomes have quality homes that are accessible and affordable in communities of their choice.

Grounded Solutions Network

Grounded Solutions Network is scaling approaches to shared-equity and inclusive housing to achieve health and racial equity through lasting housing affordability.

National Fair Housing Alliance

NFHA works to eliminate housing discrimination and ensure equitable housing opportunities for all people and communities.

How Where We Live Affects Our Health

How Where We Live Affects Our Health

A flower garden sits outside a one-story house on a neighborhood street.

How Where We Live Affects Our Health

Housing is more than four walls, it’s the neighborhood, schools, grocery stores, parks and other services where we live, learn, work, play and pray. Yet, many families struggle to afford housing in neighborhoods with access to these vital amenities. Take a deeper dive into how cross-sector partnerships are working to improve the health of all communities.
Housing is more than four walls, it’s the neighborhood, schools, grocery stores, parks and other services where we live, learn, work, play and pray. Yet, many families struggle to afford housing in neighborhoods with access to these vital amenities. Take a deeper dive into how cross-sector partnerships are working to improve the health of all communities.

How Where We Live Affects Our Health

Housing is more than four walls, it’s the neighborhood, schools, grocery stores, parks and other services where we live, learn, work, play and pray. Yet, many families struggle to afford housing in neighborhoods with access to these vital amenities. Take a deeper dive into how cross-sector partnerships are working to improve the health of all communities.

Related Content

Featured Content

Our Homes are Key to Our Health—RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser spotlights how housing is linked to health and equity in America.

Housing Mobility Research Road Map Project—This report illustrrates how housing mobility can offer a unique window into what makes communities and residents healthier.

How Does Housing Affect Health—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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