Creating Health Housing: The Five P’s of Housing Stability†
Protection of existing residents. Protecting residents means ensuring renters can remain in their homes and don’t experience the health impacts of housing instability or displacement and can continue to contribute to a healthy, vibrant community.
Preservation of existing housing at all affordability levels. Preserving housing at all affordability levels means a commitment to maintaining affordable units despite changing economic conditions and replacing units at the same affordability levels for the same residents when preserving units is impossible. Preservation of housing is inexpensive and ensures residents can remain active and engaged in the communities they call home.
Production of new housing units at a diversity of housing levels. The region is behind in housing production, particularly for units affordable to low-income residents. Regional entities can make balanced housing production a priority through regulations and incentives for developers as well as through a commitment to using public resources for affordable housing.
Participation of residents and community leaders in decision-making processes that impact their housing stability. True community participation in planning processes leads to better outcomes that work for community members, and when residents are engaged and invested, health outcomes improve.
Placement of housing near transit, jobs, and amenities. The places we live have a huge impact on our health. Housing in the Bay Area should support residents’ health in a comprehensive, holistic way. This means locating homes by transit and health food sources and away from sources of pollution.
†Adopted from Get Healthy San Mateo County.