In Focus: Affordable Housing & Community Development Resources

Affordable Housing & Community Development Resources

CCI is committed to supporting leaders and communities across the nation with navigating the COVID-19 crisis. On your behalf, we’ve carefully curated free digital resources and tools that offer guidance for understanding the complexities of the pandemic, developing strategic response and recovery efforts, and preparing for a world beyond this current moment. Our COVID-19 resources are arranged in three categories to make it easier for you to delve into the material: racial equity & social justice, outreach & communications, and affordable housing & community development. If you have come across other resources that you’ve found to be valuable, please share them with us by sending an email to cci@centerforcommunityinvestment.org.


Public health experts have made it clear that we won’t be able to end the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild our communities in the U.S. without ensuring that everyone has safe and affordable housing. It’s an argument that we at CCI wholeheartedly support, for it is one of the foundations of our work.

CCI’s Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities (AIHC) initiative is rooted in the belief that housing is a fundamental need that is deeply intertwined with health outcomes. We designed the initiative to guide health systems and their partners in increasing the flow of resources in communities to build and preserve affordable housing. The U.S. was facing a severe shortage of affordable homes before the pandemic hit, and the economic consequences of COVID-19 have only worsened housing instability.

The following resources offer housing practitioners and policymakers some readily actionable steps they can take to shift policy; increase investments in affordable housing; and protect renters, homeowners, and presently unhoused populations.  

1. Principles for Addressing Affordable Housing Challenges in the Wake of COVID-19

The National Housing Trust (NHT)—the nation's leading expert in preserving, improving and maintaining affordable housing—has argued that policymakers should ensure that families across the U.S. maintain their homes through the crisis. NHT has released a set of core principles to support leaders in crafting new policies that bolster affordable housing and protect residents.

2. Helping Residents of Affordable Housing Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Trusted Space Partners, and the Programs in Property Management and Real Estate at Virginia Tech convened a group of affordable housing professionals operating in mixed-income communities to discuss how they are helping their residents cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This summary of their practices seeks to help others in the field with their efforts to support mixed-income communities.

3. Housing Policy Must Change in Wake of COVID-19

COVID-19 will hurt those who are the most vulnerable to extreme financial challenges and housing insecurity. In this piece published by Shelterforce, three experts from the NYU Furman Center spell out why housing policy must be transformed to protect Americans right now and ensure safe housing for all going forward.

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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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