Affordable Housing: Putting the Pieces Together
Affordable housing is an essential foundation for all Vermont families. It serves as a secure base that forges connections with schools, employment, health, and community.
To promote a better understanding of these connections, a series of papers will look at the value that affordable housing offers people and communities throughout Vermont.
1. Housing and Education
This first paper examines the intersection of affordable housing and education and the benefits an affordable home provides kids. In the report, Rebecca Haslam, an elementary school teacher states, "Kids experiencing housing challenges feel disconnected from their communities, which is even more damaging to their ability to access academics ... they're just not ready."
2. Housing and Health
The second paper examines the intersection of affordable housing and health. In the report, Megan Sandel, M.D., M.P.H., and Deborah Frank, M.D., are quoted from "How Housing Matters to Families and Communities," as writing, "A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine — it literally keeps children healthy."
3. Housing and the Workforce
Our third paper examines the intersection of affordable housing and the workforce. In the report, Working Bridges project director Lisa Falcone, says, "[The cost of housing] has an impact when people are worried about where they're going to live, and that's a big issue for a lot of workers in Vermont."
4. Housing and Homelessness
This four paper examines the intersection of affordable housing and homelessness. In the report, former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, says, "We are in the midst of the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has known." That's demonstrated by 58% of renters in Chittenden County paying more than 30% of their income for rent — the level that's considered affordable.
5. Housing and the Economy
The fifth and final paper examines the intersection of affordable housing and the economy. The report states, "A food co-op in Brattleboro, a movie theater in Springfield, and the revitalization of Arthur's in the center of Morrisville are all examples of housing being a lynchpin to economic development."