COVID-19 and Community Development: Considerations for Affordable Housing and Healthcare Partnerships

The full acute effects of COVID-19 in the United States are becoming increasingly apparent. The disease's impact on our healthcare system and economy has been overwhelming. The profound economic consequences that have emerged in the wake of this crisis will be much longer lived, especially for children, the age group most susceptible to economic downturns.

This pandemic threatens to undermine the healthcare-affordable housing partnerships that have made significant gains on increasing the wellbeing of families and young children over the past decade. That disruption could lead to a dramatic rise in negative health outcomes for children across the nation.

In our latest paper, we discuss the economic effects of the pandemic, the disruptions it will cause for healthcare organizations and resulting implications for their housing investments, how these disruptions will affect children, and the local opportunities and challenges this sequence of events may generate for affordable housing partnerships. It was co-written by Kelly J. Kelleher, MD, MPH, the Vice President for Community Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; Robin Hacke, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Community Investment; and Rebecca Steinitz, Director of Content and Communication of the Center for Community Investment.

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COVID-19 and Community Development: Considerations for Affordable Housing and Healthcare Partnership

COVID-19 and Community Development: Considerations for Affordable Housing and Healthcare Partnership

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CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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