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SAHF and Mercy Housing show how service-enriched affordable housing can improve health


Quality affordable rental homes, especially when enriched with services, can support resident health and wellness, economic mobility, increased opportunity and an improved quality of life

With support from The Kresge Foundation, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), a national collaborative of 13 nonprofit, mission-driven affordable housing developers, has collected data on the impact of service-enriched affordable housing.

SAHF’s recent report, “The Impact of Home: Building to Opportunity, Health & Equity,” highlights five years of results. SAHF’s deep understanding of resident outcomes and impact measurement underpins our innovative “Health & Housing Fund” partnership with UnitedHealth Group and National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT), which aims increase the supply of quality affordable housing and spur investment in impactful onsite services. SAHF and its members also believe that measuring resident outcomes is also a critical element of an effective system of resident services coordination, as evinced by our CORES certification program.

In these videos, SAHF staff chat with Mercy Housing, a SAHF member and CORES certified organization, about how nonprofit affordable housing organizations can work with a variety of community partners and meaningfully engage residents to provide services, address health and economic disparities, and improve resident outcomes.