The fourth installment of Shelterforce's Health and Community Development supplement.

#193 Winter 2018-19 — Housing Markets

Winter 2018-19 — Health and Community Development Supplement

In our fourth installment, we find out what happens when a community development corporation pivots to a health-first focus; whether funding for Medicaid can go to housing; how to keep seniors in their homes, and how teeth affect housing stability.

The fourth installment of Shelterforce's Health and Community Development supplement.

The fourth installment of Shelterforce's Health and Community Development supplement.Communities need more than just housing. They need good schools, safe streets, adequate transportation, arts and culture, and, of course, equitable access to health services and an environment that promotes physical and psychological wellbeing. We’ve been writing about the health outcomes of housing and community development since our founding in 1975, however, we now have a way of understanding the outcomes of our work and a language to describe it. We launched our health and community development desk in the Winter 2018 issue, and we continue to delve into the intersection with our fourth supplement.  

Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce’s health fellow, takes a look at what happens when a community development corporation takes a health-first focus with her piece about the Old Brooklyn CDC in Cleveland. In her second piece, Abrams focuses on Vermont’s SASH program, which connects elderly residents with community-based services. The program is saving money in urban areas by reducing emergency room and specialist visits.

We also take a look at using Medicaid dollars for housing after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it was exploring ways to pay for non-health services with Medicaid.

And finally, Stacie Birchett takes a look at how teeth affect housing stability for seniors.

Click here to read more of our health coverage.


  • The cover of the Winter 2019 edition of Shelterforce magazine, which focuses on housing markets.

    Housing Markets Vary—So Must Our Tactics

    February 19, 2019

    There is widespread understanding about the vast differences in life outcomes that statistically come with different neighborhoods.

  • Whose Affordable Housing Crisis?

    February 19, 2019

    Being priced out of appreciating neighborhoods is not the housing affordability problem most Americans face. But they are facing one.

  • Laura Foote (in yellow shirt at center) at a counter-protest to a rally opposing statewide upzoning bill SB 827. She's surrounded by fellow protestors who are holding signs that read "We Need More HOmes" and "More Homes for All."

    YIMBYs: Friend, Foe, or Chaos Agent?

    February 19, 2019

    The relationship between pro-building “Yes in My Back Yard” activists, longtime housing advocates, and anti-displacement organizers varies across the country, but has often been fraught with difficulties. Is there a way forward?