Housing and Urban Development Designated Housing Rule Update

At a Glance:

Location: Washington, District of Columbia

Date: 2015

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Humane Housing, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: affordable housing, belonging and civic muscle, healthcare access, neighborhood safety, transit system, food access, housing, affordable housing

Affected Population: Older Adults, People Living in Poverty, People with Disabilities

Research Methods: Focus Groups, Quantitative research, Literature review, Stakeholder Interviews

Community Types: urban, suburban, rural

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The Health Impact Project, in partnership with the Oregon Public Health Institute and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, conducted an HIA to inform an update by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of its designated housing rule, which allows housing authorities to allocate certain public housing properties, or a portion of them, for occupancy by senior families, disabled families, or a mixed population of senior and disabled families.

The HIA sought to identify the possible health implications of changes to the designated housing rule and to illustrate the potential for incorporating health data into federal decisions. The study team conducted the assessment ahead of the rule-making process to provide HUD with data to inform the development of the rule. The HIA examined two scenarios, developed in consultation with key stakeholders, that HUD could pursue.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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