A new tool called the Integrated Physical Needs Assessment provides affordable housing owners with a comprehensive protocol to assess the range of options available to upgrade their buildings with a health focus.
For decades, homeownership rates have been an important indicator of the health of housing markets all across the United States. While last decade’s housing crash and Great Recession altered the economy and conditions of housing markets throughout the nation, studies have shown that most Americans continue to believe homeownership is both desirable and attainable.
Young people – including eighteen to 24-year-olds — make up one of the fastest growing homeless populations in the country. In many big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco where housing is at a premium, finding affordable housing is especially hard.
How might housing assistance affect children? Although assisted housing programs have been in place for some time, research on the long-term effects on resident children is scarce and hampered by methodological limitations.
Last week Community Commons revealed a new tool as part of a six-week hack-a-thon organized by the White House’s Opportunity Project. The goal was to develop on-line tools demonstrating “the art of the possible” using open data from federal and local sources.