Why Housing Matters for Health, Education, and the Economy

The value of affordable housing extends beyond shelter. Among other benefits, affordable housing may help improve residential and school stability, leading to better educational outcomes for children. Well-built and maintained housing can also lead to lower risks of lead poisoning and asthma. Furthermore, the development and rehabilitation of housing is critical to creating jobs and otherwise supporting the economic vitality of the community. This session will explore the interconnectedness of housing to these other community benefits and discuss how an improved awareness of these connections can broaden support for affordable housing and lead to more effective and coordinated approaches to the production and preservation of housing affordable to range of incomes….
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General Session: The Future of Housing Policy

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Housing Commission aims to reform the nation’s housing policy by crafting a package of realistic and actionable policy recommendations that respond to both the near-term and long-term challenges facing the housing sector. After more than a year of work, the Commission released the much-anticipated recommendations in February 2013. The opening general session will feature a lively discussion among three of commissioners about their recommendations and what they mean for the future of housing policy in the United States….
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