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Housing Policy Guides

ASTHO has developed a series of policy guides that identify federal, state and local policies, programs, and initiatives that have successfully incorporated a HiAP approach to encourage healthy housing. HiAP efforts bring together diverse stakeholders to improve health while advancing other goals. There are many ways to integrate HiAP approaches into the housing arena, and the corresponding guides showcase some successful examples. The guides are organized by broad themes, and include more specific program and policy suggestions within each document.

Introduction to Health in All Policies and Housing 
Health in All Policies (HiAP) can be defined as a collaborative approach that integrates and articulates health considerations into policy making and programming across sectors, and at all levels, to improve the health of all communities and people. The policies and programs that create and nurture healthy homes require partnerships between myriad state and local agencies.

Aging in Place
This guide showcases programs across America that address seniors' needs and wishes. 

Access to Public Transportation and Opportunities for Active Transportation
This policy guide provides examples of housing-related programs and policies that incorporate opportunities for active transportation and physical activity. 

Mental Health and Social Cohesion
This policy guide will highlight some of the research connecting housing and mental health and identify opportunities to advance mental health and community cohesion through improvements in the built environment.

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
This guide outlines examples of collaborative programs, policies, and initiatives that address crime prevention concerns and ultimately lead to healthier communities.

State and Federal Healthy Housing Financing Opportunities
While not exhaustive, this document identifies several place-based initiatives that finance residential and community health improvement projects.

The development of these resources was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number EH11-1110 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

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