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The Intersection of Housing Policy & Health

On September 12, Abt Associates hosted a forum on The Intersection of Housing Policy and Health at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The forum featured two expert panels who responded to a paper titled Making Subsidized Rental Housing a Platform for Improved Health for Vulnerable Populations. The paper presents proposals to target affordable housing more effectively to persons with vulnerable health issues, as well as for providing more complete and better coordinated health care to residents of subsidized housing. 

For states interested in the Section 811 PRA model, the paper offers ideas on how services can be synchronized to support tenants with disabilities. The paper also promotes other ideas for supporting people with disabilities in the community including:

  • Using the Section 202 program to serve elders with severe health conditions;
  • Matching special design features such as  accessibility with tenants needing these features;
  • Making more effective use of scarce housing assistance - from Housing Choice Vouchers to Low Income Housing Tax Credits -
    for supportive housing; and
  • Increasing the availability of Medicaid and targeted health care programs for case management and related supports for
    residents of subsidized housing.