Homes for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Author: PolicyLink

Where people live affects their ability to access quality education, transportation, safety, and employment. This means that housing is not only the single greatest expense for most families, it is also a key determinant in whether or not they have a fair chance to reach their potential as full members of society. Equitable housing must be more than affordable; it must also connect workers and residents to the jobs, schools, services, and community assets that will enable them to thrive. In growing and gentrifying areas, rising housing costs and stagnant wages have narrowed affordable housing options and displaced vulnerable communities; at the same time, in disinvested neighborhoods where housing is less expensive, inadequate infrastructure and critically underfunded institutions present tremendous barriers to the economic and social inclusion of their residents.

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