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Policies and programs that can improve health

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Affordable housing tax increment financing (TIF)

Expert Opinion

Create designated tax districts that generate revenue to invest in affordable housing initiatives, blight remediation, and economic development efforts

Housing and Transit

Bike & pedestrian master plans

Some Evidence

Establish a framework to increase walking and biking trails and improve connectivity of non-auto paths and trails in a particular area

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Carpool & rideshare programs

Expert Opinion

Help commuters share transportation through informal arrangements between individuals, formally arranged dynamic ridesharing programs, or other ride-matching services

Air and Water Quality  ·  Housing and Transit

Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs)

Some Evidence

Provide funding for local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development

Housing and Transit

Community land trusts

Some Evidence

Purchase land to lease to low and middle income home owners and require them to sell the home back to the CLT or to another low income resident at an affordable price

Housing and Transit

Complete Streets & streetscape design initiatives

Scientifically Supported

Enhance streetscapes with greater sidewalk coverage and walkway connectivity, street crossing safety features, traffic calming measures, and other design elements

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Healthy home environment assessments

Scientifically Supported

Train volunteers, professionals, or paraprofessionals to help residents assess and remediate environmental home health risks and recommend low cost changes (e.g., improved ventilation, integrated pest management, etc.)

Housing and Transit

HOME Investment Partnership Program

Expert Opinion

Provide grants to states and localities to fund activities that build, buy, or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low income households

Housing and Transit

Household lead control education interventions

Evidence of Ineffectiveness

Inform parents about lead exposure pathways and cleaning and hygiene techniques and undertake minor repairs or specialized cleaning

Housing and Transit

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

Some Evidence

Provide eligible low and very low income families with vouchers to help cover the costs of rental housing; also called Section 8

Housing and Transit

Housing First

Scientifically Supported

Provide rapid access to permanent housing and support (e.g., crisis intervention, needs assessment, case management), usually for chronically homeless individuals with persistent mental illness or substance abuse issues

Housing and Transit

Housing mediation services

Insufficient Evidence

Facilitate mediation between tenants and landlords to resolve conflict and prevent eviction

Housing and Transit

Housing rehabilitation loan & grant programs

Scientifically Supported

Provide funding, primarily to low or median income families, to repair, improve, or modernize dwellings and remove health or safety hazards

Housing and Transit

Housing trust funds

Expert Opinion

Support funds that help create or maintain low income housing, subsidize rental housing, and assist low income homebuyers and non-profit housing developers

Housing and Transit

Inclusionary zoning

Some Evidence

Require developers to reserve a proportion of housing units for low income residents via mandatory requirements or incentives such as density bonuses

Housing and Transit

Individual incentives for public transportation

Some Evidence

Offer incentives such as free or discounted bus, rail, or transit passes, reimbursements, partial payments, or pre-tax payroll deductions to encourage individuals’ use of existing public transit

Housing and Transit

Integrated pest management for indoor use

Scientifically Supported

Support a four-tiered approach to indoor pest control that minimizes potential hazards to people, property, and the environment

Housing and Transit

Land banking

Some Evidence

Acquire, hold, manage, and develop properties such as vacant lots, abandoned buildings, or foreclosures, and transition them to productive uses, often affordable housing developments

Housing and Transit

Lead paint abatement programs

Scientifically Supported

Eliminate lead-based paint and contaminated dust by removing or encapsulating lead paint, or removing lead painted fixtures and surfaces

Housing and Transit

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Expert Opinion

Provide funds to help low income households meet home energy needs, especially households with members who are young or elderly, or have disabilities

Housing and Transit

Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs)

Some Evidence

Provide funding via tax credits at the state and local level to support development and rehabilitation costs of low income rental housing

Housing and Transit

Mixed-use development

Scientifically Supported

Support a combination of land uses (e.g., residential, commercial, recreational) in development initiatives, often through zoning regulations or Smart Growth initiatives

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Multi-component workplace supports for active commuting

Some Evidence

Provide physical infrastructure (e.g., bike parking or showers), educational or social support (e.g., walking groups), and financial incentives that support active commuting

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Out of town bypasses

Some Evidence

Establish roads that avoid built-up areas such as towns, cities, or commercial/business districts

Housing and Transit  ·  Community Safety

Public transportation systems

Scientifically Supported

Introduce or expand transportation options that are available to the public and run on a scheduled timetable (e.g., buses, trains, ferries, rapid transit, etc.)

Housing and Transit

Radon mitigation programs

Some Evidence

Prevent radon from entering occupied buildings and reduce existing indoor air radon levels via soil depressurization, home or room pressurization, heat recovery ventilation, etc.

Housing and Transit

Rapid re-housing programs

Some Evidence

Transition families and individuals experiencing homelessness into permanent housing quickly, often with supports such as short-term financial assistance, case management, landlord negotiations, etc.

Housing and Transit

Rural transportation services

Expert Opinion

Establish transportation services for areas with low population densities using publicly funded buses and vans on a set schedule, dial-a-ride transit, volunteer ridesharing, etc.

Access to Care  ·  Housing and Transit

Safe Routes to Schools

Scientifically Supported

Promote walking and biking to school through education, incentives, and environmental changes; often called SRTS

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Service-enriched housing

Some Evidence

Provide permanent, basic rental housing with social services available onsite or by referral, usually for low income families, seniors, and people with disabilities

Housing and Transit

Speed enforcement detection devices

Scientifically Supported

Use devices such as speed cameras, radar, etc. to enforce speed limits; devices can be permanent fixtures or be used manually by law enforcement officers

Housing and Transit  ·  Community Safety

Traffic calming

Scientifically Supported

Modify the built environment to affect traffic speed and patterns via speed bumps, pedestrian refuge islands, roundabouts, etc.

Housing and Transit  ·  Community Safety

Walking school buses

Scientifically Supported

Arrange active transportation with a fixed route, designated stops, and pick up times when children can walk to school with adult chaperones

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Some Evidence

Provide assistance to low income families to make their homes more energy efficient and to permanently reduce their energy bills

Housing and Transit

Zoning regulations for land use policy

Scientifically Supported

Use zoning regulations to address aesthetics and safety of the physical environment, street continuity and connectivity, residential density and proximity to businesses, schools, and recreation, etc.

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise