Affordable Housing logic model

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Community plans
Evidence-based practice literature
Location, site
Source of funds
Community gardening
Financing affordable housing (new or rehab)
Financing for infrastructure that promotes physical activity and mental health (e.g., green space, playground equipment, community recreation facilities, walking path/trails, community gardens, sidewalks, swimming pools)
Housing subsidy program, placed-based or person-based, e.g. LIHTC or Housing Choice Voucher Program
Routine inspection and maintenance
Use of building materials that reduce asthma problems (e.g. wood flooring, washable window treatments, HEPA heating and ventilation system, low VOC and lead-free paints)
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)
Asthma trigger exposure decreases
Housing affordability increases
Housing quality improves
Opportunities for physical activity increase
Asthma problems among children decrease
Crime rate decreases
Health and well-being self-reports improve
Low-weight births decrease
Overcrowded housing decreases
Physical activity increases
School attendance increases
School mobility of children decreases
Sense of community (social connectedness) increases
Stress decreases
Academic proficiency scores increase
Commercial development increases
Diabetes rate decreases
Emergency room admissions decrease
Graduation rate increases
Health disparities decrease
Housing cost burden decreases
Life expectancy increases
Mental health problems decrease
Obesity rate decreases
Property values increase

About this logic model

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 activities listed in this example logic model link, whenever possible, to examples of research literature providing evidence that a specific activity leads to a health-related outcome included in the logic model. The outcomes 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. Click on these linked items to view the related evidence or measures.

Influence on social determinants of health:

Affordable housing improves the housing quality, safety, and stability of 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.