Perspectives on integrating health into the low-income housing tax credit: A qualitative study

Marc Shi, Abigail Baum, Craig E. Pollack

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While there is increasing attention to the ways in which safe and affordable housing may promote improved health, less work has focused on the role of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program—the largest source of affordable housing in the United States. Through qualitative interviews, we examined the perspectives of diverse stakeholders in the housing sector on the opportunities and obstacles involved in including health-related criteria in LIHTC funding decisions. Our interviews revealed a growing desire within the housing sector to address health needs but, with the exception of green building criteria, a lack of clear standards on best practices. Stakeholders noted the challenges of effectively partnering with local health institutions, the need to develop sustainable payment mechanisms for health-related services, and the importance of locating developments near health-promoting resources. By describing mechanisms for integrating health services into the affordable housing infrastructure, this study helps lay the groundwork for the development of cross-sector partnerships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-630
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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