Affordable Housing, Community Development

Access to an Affordable Home Improves Health Care

Center for Outcomes Research & Education (CORE)

A Center for Outcomes Research & Education (CORE) study entitled Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing and Health Care conducted a study in Portland, OR to investigate the link between affordable housing and health care.

The study’s sample included 145 housing properties that fell under three different categories: family housing (FAM), permanent supportive housing (PSH), and housing for seniors and people with disabilities (SPD).

CORE found that when Medicaid patients moved into one of the housing properties included in the study, their health care experience changed dramatically. Results showed that access to affordable housing led to lower costs to the health care system, increased visits to primary care physicians, fewer visits to the emergency room, and an overall improvement in quality of care.

Click here to read the report.


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