• Broward Housing Council Newsletter -Summer 2014

National Affordable Housing Reports


FOOD AT HOME:  Affordable Housing as a Platform to Overcome Nutritional Challenges

​Publisher:  Enterprise Community Partners
This report highlights some of the existing programs and best practices in addressing the nutritional needs of low-income communities. It also provides a series of actionable recommendations that demonstrate how affordable housing and housing providers can serve as a crucial conduit for providing low-income families with access to healthy foods and fostering healthy eating. 
This paper offers innovative policy and programmatic solutions that address poor nutrition among underserved populations through housing, including:
  • Expanding on-site access to healthy foods by partnering with local food assistance programs  (such as food banks and food pantries) and facilitating the use of online delivery programs
  • Serving as a resource for more economical collective/bulk purchasing
  • Crafting and coordinating educational efforts in partnership with schools, public health organizations and other entities that also provide nutritional information
  • Utilizing resident services and common space to reinforce messages from other institutions to fill key gaps in outreach and promote a culture of healthy eating in everyday life
  • Connecting families to healthy foods by encouraging mixed-use development, expanding transit, and adopting housing-based solutions

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​Publisher:  Center for Housing Policy

Over the next three decades, as the baby boomer generation ages, the number of older adults in the United States will rise to unprecedented levels. This population shift is creating a growing urgency within the health care and housing fields to plan and prepare for the growing and changing needs of older adults. Living arrangements, service options, and care provision for the booming population of older adults need to be cost effective, adaptable to different levels of independence or frailty, and attentive to individual preferences. The current paradigm in the United States for assisting older adults who have difficulty living independently is to provide care in an institutional setting, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility. However, delivering care to older adults in institutional settings is extremely expensive. Furthermore, not all older adults with physical limitations or chronic health conditions need the level of care provided by a nursing home or assisted living facility.

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Report Highlights:
  • Reasons for home and community based approaches
  • A variety of barriers can impact the ability to age in place
  • A type of community shapes the structure of successful programs
  • What we can learn from successful supportive service programs
  • Successful models in three types of communities
  • Important consideration for serving older adults in different kinds of communities
  • Opportunities for the future

STATE FUNDED HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS                                                                             


​Publisher:  Technical Assistance Collaborative

A resource about the design and administration of housing assistance programs  funded by states. This report grew out of questions from various State Mental Health Authorities (SMHA), including those participating in the Olmstead Policy Academy sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about ways that states are working to design and implement strategies to support people with mental illness and other disabilities in integrated settings.

The report provides:
  • Background regarding the housing affordability barriers facing people with mental illness served by the public mental health system
  • Reasons why states have developed d State Funded Housing Assistance Programs (SFHAPs)
  • Key design characteristics of state programs
  • Considerations for states contemplating the development or modification of state funded housing assistance programs; and state program profiles for SFHAPs across the nation.
Read the full report:  http://bit.ly/1jnpLVE  


OUT OF REACH 2014                                                                                                                                 


Publisher:  National Low Income Housing Coalition
Each year, Out of Reach demonstrates that large numbers of low income renters cannot afford the cost of living in the cities and towns where they work. On the 25th anniversary of Out of Reach, the report continues to underscore the growing challenges faced by the lowest income renters: increasing rents, stagnating wages, and an extreme shortage of affordable housing.
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Key Findings:
  • Over 40 million renter households in the United States, which make up 35% of all households nationwide (in 2012)
  • Renting is only option to those who’s credit and student loans deter homeownership
  • Rental vacancies decreased to 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013
  • Because of high demand, rents have increased 3.2% over 2013 and surpass the average inflation rate
  • There are only 31 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low income (ELI) renter households
  • Of renter households 28% live below poverty line and 25% are ELI
  • Only 34% of new rental construction is affordable for median income persons
  • 650,000 units of low cost housing has been permanently lost since 2001 and 10,000 subsidized public
    housing units have been lost each year
  • One out of every four renter households is an ELI household. There are a total of 10.2 million ELI renter households across the United States, and three in four (75%) ELI renters spend over 50% of their income on housing costs. These 7.7 million households have little left over to meet other basic needs.