Rental Assistance Demonstration Project

At a Glance:

Location: United States

Date: 2012

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Humane Housing, Meaningful Work and Wealth

Determinants of Health: affordable housing, belonging and civic muscle, meaningful work and wealth, employment, neighborhood safety, housing, affordable housing

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, People Living in Poverty, People with Chronic and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

Research Methods: Focus Groups, Literature review, Quantitative research, Survey

Community Types: urban, suburban, rural

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Human Impact Partners, Advancement Project, and National People’s Action conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) of Congress’ federal 2011 proposed Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) project to re-organize public housing funding and management structures. Using mixed research methods, the HIA assessed the impacts of RAD on: management, evictions, and resident organizing; housing affordability, stability, and quality; and social capital.


The 2011 bill passed before the HIA was released. But, some of the HIA recommendations were incorporated into the RAD final implementation notice.

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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