With support from Arnold Ventures, and in partnership with the Leading Age LTSS Center @UMass Boston, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation embarked on research to understand the barriers to successfully linking affordable housing and health care and chart potential solutions.
Through focus groups with low-income older adults and stakeholder interviews, our research surfaced five key building blocks for success:
- Emphasizing collaboration;
- Ensuring resident control;
- Being aware of what matters to residents;
- Making it easier to secure capital and finance projects; and
- Convening stakeholders to grow connectivity within the field
Read their report to learn more about the research findings and a resulting three-pronged strategy to advance the role of affordable housing as hubs for addressing the health and social needs of low-income older adults. Communities working to become age-friendly and prioritizing “housing” as a focus area may review and consider the research and strategies in the report.