A report released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center concludes that, given the robust evidence base linking affordable housing to better health outcomes, it is reasonable to believe that the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) contributes positively to the nation’s public health. The report, “Building the Case: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Health,” says that by lowering the burden of housing costs for low-income families, affordable housing leads to better health and lower medical noncompliance rates. The report says that when combined with other services, housing assistance could save $6,000 per person per year in health care costs. It also linked to a decrease in food insecurity for low-income families.
The report calls for more research from states and federal agencies to link health claims data with residents of LIHTC-funded properties, and to explore the specific ways LIHTC projects can impact health and well-being of residents and communities.