Researchers and Community Developers Together to Revitalize a Public Housing Project and Improve Health


Douglas Jutte, Janet Falk, Kaja LeWinn, Malo André Hutson, Ramie Dare


affordable housing, California, dispersal housing, health effects of affordable housing, homeless, HOPE SF, housing development, Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), housing policy, housing subsidies, in-place re-development housing, prospective affordable housing study, San Francisco, urban


Health Affairs

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Policy Summary

The health impact of long term, large-scale redevelopment housing projects has not been studied thoroughly and previous studies have had mixed results. The City of San Francisco implemented a housing re-development project in Sunnydale, San Francisco in 2007 that is unique in that it will keep residents living in their current locations while making dramatic building changes in the community. Researchers have prospectively followed the Sunnydale residents through this process and have collected social, health, economic, educational data along the way. This research will have significant policy ramifications because there are currently two approaches used in housing development: dispersal or in place community re-development (SF situation). Future research findings of this project will either provide support for or against in-place community re-development housing strategies depending on it’s ability improve health and social outcomes for communities.

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