Logic model for Cross-Sector Community Health Initiatives

Affordable Housing

Influence on social determinants of health:

Affordable housing buildings provide shelter for low-income individuals and families who are unable to afford market-rate housing.

These sites can play an important role in improving the health of residents through building design elements, programs, and policies.

New/rehabbed affordable housing buildings can also serve as catalysts for other economic development.

This example logic model provides a menu of typical inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes for community development and health organizations that work in the Affordable Housing field.

The outcomes listed in this example logic model link, whenever possible, to measures already collected through existing data sources and to measures that might require users to collect their own data through a survey, or other means. Measures with existing data sources are highlighted in blue.

Click on highlighted outcome measures to access existing data, or to identify question wording that can be used to collect your own outcome data. Use the model as a map for understanding how the work of community development and health organizations collaboratively leads to improved community health.

Affordable Housing


Community plans

Evidence-based practice literature

Location, site

Source of funds




Financing affordable housing (new or rehab)

Financing on-site facilities for physical activity (e.g. green space, walking path, playground equipment, community recreation room)

Using building materials that reduce asthma problems


(service volume/reach)

Affordable housing units (number of)

Community gatherings held (number of)

Community recreation room users (number of)

Dollars invested (amount of)

Individuals housed (number of)

Path miles (number of)

Playground equipment users (number of)

Walking path users (number of)


Shorter-term outcomes

(changes in access/awareness)

Access to exercise opportunities increases

Asthma trigger exposure decreases

Housing affordability increases

Housing quality improves

Longer-term outcomes

(changes in population health
changes in community conditions)