Housing as a Catalyst for Health EquityHealth and Housing

A growing body of literature emanating from the public health sector continues to validate that traditional medical care alone has a limited impact on overall health outcomes; while the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, collectively known as the Social Determinants of Health, have a greater impact on health status.  SAHF and its members understand this salient principle, and recognize that having a healthy, affordable, stable home is a critical element for creating health equity.  Serving the most vulnerable populations, including low-income children, families and seniors, SAHF works to leverage the impact of service-enriched affordable housing to improve the outcomes of the residents we serve. 

Health Sector Partnerships

Through creative partnerships with health stakeholders including healthcare payers, hospitals and health systems, SAHF works to find cross-sector synergies to implement initiatives and collaborations to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

Data Driven Solutions

Through our Outcomes Initiative, SAHF members collect data on a variety of social determinant of health metrics including healthcare access, insurance status, social cohesion, food security and education.  This data allows SAHF members to understand the impact of the services provided to residents, and also creates a conduit for partnership building when approaching other sectors though common metrics that define impact.

Thought Leadership

SAHF’s thirteen members results in thirteen laboratories to test best practices and determine what works and what doesn’t.  Lifting up and sharing lessons learned from our work on the ground as well as with other industry partners offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the greater field on the importance of housing investments that improve outcomes and create health equity. 


Key Focus Areas:

  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Toxic Stress and Trauma-Informed Strategies
  • Food Security
  • Aging in Place
  • Healthy Building Materials

Recent Publications:

Resident Voice and Agency in Affordable Rental Housing: A Qualitative Analysis

A Culture of Caring: A Compendium of Self-Care Tools and Workforce Support Principles for Front-Line Staff in Service-Enriched Housing

Mental and Behavioral Health Profiles

The Path to Partnership: Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of Joint Initiatives between Affordable Housing Providers and Medicaid Managed Care Providers