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The Center for Housing Policy’s publications cover a range of topics, programs and policies related to the broad goal of identifying and meeting the nation’s housing challenges.
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Housing Landscape summarizes the severe housing cost burdens of low- and moderate-income working households. These low- and moderate-income households include full- and part-time workers who serve our communities and our economy in many capacities. Authors Mindy Ault, Lisa Sturtevant and Janet Viveiros examine how they are faced with significantly greater affordability challenges than the overall population. In 2013, 21.2 percent of working households were severely cost burdened (9.6 million households). Twenty-five percent of working renters and 17.1 percent of working homeowners paid more than half of their incomes for housing that year.
Older adults make up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and as they retire and live longer on fixed incomes, the demand for quality, affordable, accessible housing in close proximity to services and other amenities will only increase. Public policy should support a variety of housing options for older adults, including those that allow them the choice to age in their homes and communities. View a series of factsheets on related topics, prepared in partnership with AARP's Public Policy Institute.
Inclusionary housing policies are local land use policies that link approvals for market-rate housing to the creation of affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households. The primary goals of inclusionary housing programs are to expand the supply of affordable housing and promote social and economic integration. The ability to not only produce affordable homes, but also to ensure their long-term affordability, is critical for meeting the housing needs of the lower-income families and individuals that inclusionary housing programs aim to serve. This paper analyzes a set of 20 inclusionary housing programs to highlight how long affordability periods, strong legal mechanisms, carefully designed resale formulas, dedicated program stewardship, and strategic partnerships can help preserve affordable homes produced through inclusionary housing programs for multiple generations.
Increasingly, states are focusing on implementing Medicaid reforms as part of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) goal to deliver high-quality care while containing health care costs. Some are authorizing a new kind of Medicaid health care delivery system, accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are integrated health care delivery organizations that not only cover the cost of medical care like a health insurance company, but also offer care coordination for health and social services to address the complex health needs of patients. ACOs consist of networks of health care providers and organizations like hospitals and clinics that work together to coordinate the health care of members. Medicaid payment rates to ACOs are capitated, meaning there is a standard payment rate per member regardless of services utilized. In addition, ACOs keep a share of the savings achieved by spending less than the capitated rate. This is a strong incentive to contain health care spending by investing in preventative care and care coordination to improve the health of members and reduce the need for expensive acute care.
The paper explains how the Medicaid program works and key changes made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prior health care reform efforts have altered the health care sector to focus more on prevention, care coordination, and the social needs of Medicaid beneficiaries. Some of the changes to the Medicaid program by the ACA and other reforms have created openings and incentives for health care organizations to collaborate with affordable housing providers to address the impact that housing has on the health of a low-income individuals. The report identifies these opportunities and describes promising programs and developments in different parts of the country. This report offers an overview of areas where the health and housing sectors overlap in the wake of Medicaid reform for affordable housing providers, healthy housing organizations, and advocates to discover ways in which they can pursue collaborations with health organizations.